Renault team principal Flavio Briatore has re-emphasised that he is yet to choose his driver line-up for the 2008 season, but at the same time failed to entertain the suggestion that Fernando Alonso could be about to make a return to the team.

Speculation has been rife in recent weeks that the double world champion, who goes into the final round of the 2007 season in Brazil with a chance of winning a third title driving for McLaren this time, has signed a letter of intent to move back to Renault for next year.

However, there was barely a mention of the Spaniard when Briatore was questioned on decisions regarding his plans for the team's driver line-up for 2008, the flamboyant manager insisting that Alonso is a McLaren driver and is under contract.

"Fernando is with McLaren, like Ron said, he's under contract and he's with the team. I've already had him in my car. I had four or five years with Fernando and then he decided to move from us to McLaren.

Instead, he suggested that the two seats will be disputed by the team's current trio, Heikki Kovalainen, Giancarlo Fisichella and test driver Nelson Piquet Jr.

While Kovalainen's strong end to the season is expected to see him retained next year, Fisichella's future is more questionable and with the Brazilian press keen to see the youngster in a race seat in 2008, Briatore is under pressure to provide a hint.

Nonetheless, Briatore was not willing to divulge in finer details, other than the fact that the announcement may be days, weeks or months away.

"Nelsinho is in our team and we haven't yet decided the line-up, the drivers for 2008 for the moment. We have the option of Fisico (Fisichella) and Kovalainen and of course Nelsinho.

"We have time, we have time to see what happens and we don't want to decide immediately. We will see what happens in the next few days, few weeks, few months. I don't think we are in any rush to make a decision."

 

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