Alonso-Renault announcement ‘imminent’

Fri, 7 December 2007, 12:47

With Renault spared sanctions for possessing McLaren secrets, the path is now clear for Fernando Alonso to sign with the French team in 2008.

The Spaniard had delayed his final decision about next year until it was clear that he would not bear the burden of any penalties; or whether in fact Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn would pull the plug on the F1 programme altogether in the face of a hefty fine.

But Spanish media, including the newspaper Diario AS, report that 26-year-old will certainly now sign a two-year contract to drive for Renault in 2008, after racing to back to back titles with the team in 2005 and 2006 before the ill-fated switch to McLaren.

Alonso’s contract will include an exit clause in the event that the new collaboration “does not work” for unspecified reasons, AS added.

“The announcement is imminent,” the newspaper predicted, speculating that next Monday could be the day.

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