Fernando Alonso is in the running for a sensational return to Renault ahead of the 2021 Formula 1 season.
After the French marque lost Daniel Ricciardo to McLaren, they are having to survey their options for Esteban Ocon’s new teammate.
Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul is determined to take his time in hiring a driver for next year however, with Sebastian Vettel also thought to be on their radar.
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He told Radio Montecarlo: “There can be many drivers, there are great drivers who are free next year.
“The one you have mentioned [Alonso] is an option. Although there are others.”
Alonso was snapped up by former Renault chief Flavio Briatore while still a junior racer and he made his F1 debut with the team in 2003, before scooping consecutive Drivers’ Championships.
A switch to McLaren didn’t last long and he returned for a further two years ahead of a stint at Ferrari.
Turning 40 in just over 12 months’ time, he would be among the oldest racers on the grid but has kept his eye in with drives in the Dakar Rally, World Endurance Championship and IndyCar.
But a decision on his potential return to F1 is not expected anytime soon with Abiteboul stressing Renault’s patience in picking a new driver.
He noted: “The only thing I am saying is that we are going to take time to reflect.
“It is an extremely important decision and we do not want to enter the dynamic of Ferrari or McLaren, who will have their reasons for [announcing their line-ups early].
“Honestly, deciding on a driver in a season that has not yet started [and] seems a bit strange to us.
“Choosing the driver is the last piece of the puzzle in the reconstruction, hence the importance of taking our time and doing things well.”