Despite the obvious implications in light of the recent espionage scandal, Renault's attempts to woo Fernando Alonso back into the fold have apparently extended to the Spaniard being shown plans for next year's Formula One challenger.

While the spying reference may be tongue-in-cheek, Renault's desire to tempt its double world champion back to Enstone appears to have gathered pace, perhaps sparked by Ferrari's interest in the Spaniard. Although Jean Todt publicly denied that Alonso could wind up at Maranello next year, with Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa sitting on contracts for 2008, there is little doubt that the Prancing Horse would move quickly to snap the Spaniard up given half a chance.

According to the Spanish media, Alonso met with both Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds at the Japanese Grand Prix, spending half an hour at the Renault motorhome where he was apparently shown the philosophy behind next year's R28 amid talks over possible contract details. It is understood that Renault would want to tie Alonso up to a multi-year deal, so that Ferrari could not come calling when it had a vacancy, but it is understood that the finer details remain to be ironed out and won't be until Alonso decides whether or not he is staying with McLaren.

The reports also claim that Alonso would be unlikely to find Giancarlo Fisichella waiting to be his team-mate, so the possibility arises that the Spaniard will again find himself up against a newcomer keen to impress. Although Heikki Kovalainen will have a year under his belt if he is retained - and the rumour mill suggests he has been offered to Toyota - Nelson Piquet Jr could be an even more formidable colleague than the apparently laid-back Finn.

Fisichella, meanwhile, is being tipped to fill one of the seats at Williams, with Nico Rosberg heading the list to replace Alonso at McLaren.

 

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