Flavio Briatore has again delayed his decision on who will fill the two seats at Renault next season, further fuelling suggestions that Fernando Alonso may be on his way back to Enstone for 2008.

Although he had initially intimated that a decision would be made around the Italian Grand Prix, there was no word from Briatore at Monza and he revealed during Friday's press conference at Spa-Francorchamps that he is prepared to wait a few more weeks.

"Maybe before Japan," he mused, "Maybe, because really I believe that we need to look carefully at what's going on, what's happening, and then, afterwards, we decide. For the moment, we are not really ready."

With Heikki Kovalainen widely expected to fill one of the two available seats, the other would appear to be up for grabs between current incumbent Giancarlo Fisichella, official reserve Nelson Piquet Jr and, should he free himself from McLaren, world champion Alonso.

"I think, last year, it was much easier [to find talent] because you had [Lewis] Hamilton, who was really superior, and you had Piquet, they were the two fighting," he said of the GP2 class of 2006, "This year is much more equal, it's difficult. I don't see anybody this year who is a strong winner in GP2. You see the points as well, you have three or four drivers who are basically the same. We don't see a Hamilton, a Piquet, a Kovalainen or Rosberg. This year is the first year [that has happened]. [Giorgio] Pantano, who is ex-Formula One, is doing a good job, but it's not like the years before though."

 

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