Fernando Alonso is poised for a sensational return to F1 after reportedly agreeing terms with former team Renault.
The two-time world champion quit the sport in 2018, claiming he had “achieved in F1 more than I dreamed of and it’s time to achieve bigger things outside F1”.
However it seems he is ready to make a comeback, as the BBC report he has signed a deal with Renault who will officially announce the move soon.
He is set to replace the departing Daniel Ricciardo, who is already confirmed to be joining McLaren at the end of the current season.
Since leaving F1, Alonso has had two failed attempts at winning the Indianapolis 500, and is entered for the 2020 edition in August.
The BBC’s report suggests that Alonso has missed life in F1 since turning his back on the sport, and feels it is the ‘pinnacle’ of motor racing.
Alonso will partner Esteban Ocon in the Renault garage, but faces a difficult test in his first season back.
Renault’s campaign got off to an average start on Sunday, and they will be forced to use the same cars again next season due to a change in the rules.
That means Alonso may have to wait until 2022 before Renault are competitive, by which time he will have turned 40.
It will be Alonso’s third stint at the wheel for Renault, whom he started his career with in 2002.
The Spaniard won both of his world titles during that spell which ended in 2007 when he switched to McLaren.
He returned to Renault after just a year away, staying with them for a further two seasons before again jumping ship, this time to the illustrious red of Ferrari.
Alonso later returned to McLaren for another spell, where he retired from F1, but he now looks set to reverse his decision.
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