With a number of potential doors having closed, it is looking increasingly likely that Fernando Alonso will be back with Renault sooner rather than later after Flavio Briatore hinted a deal could be announced in the next few days.

With Toyota having confirmed Timo Glock alongside Jarno Trulli, just a handful of unconfirmed seats remain on the grid, with only Renault now offering a competitive option for the double world champion.

Briatore has already revealed his desire to have Alonso, who won both of those world titles with Renault, back in the team and is claiming that he is '60 per cent' sure he will return.

More than that though, Briatore admitted a deal could be revealed in the next few days if all goes to plan.

"We'll definitely have different drivers next year," Briatore told Reuters. "A Formula One team can't have two favoured drivers. One has to fight for the drivers' title and the other for the constructors' crown.

"We have an advantage (with Alonso) because we know him. Between today and the day after tomorrow it will be decided.

"With Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari it's impossible that Alonso will go there."

With that quote, Briatore is also suggesting that Alonso's team-mate will definitely not be Giancarlo Fisichella and with Heikki Kovalainen increasingly expected to switch to McLaren in the Spaniard's place, Nelson Piquet Jr. is tipped to take his place.

Indeed, Briatore, speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, was full of praise for the Brazilian youngster, who has spent the year testing with Renault after finishing runner-up to Lewis Hamilton in the 2006 GP2 Series.

"Nelsinho, we cannot forget, He fought until the end with Hamilton in the GP2 Series last year. He has great potential and could cause some surprises."

 

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