Renault has a gap in its driver line-up for the 2021 F1 season. Daniel Ricciardo’s decision to jump ship to McLaren at the end of the year means the French manufacturer will need a new team mate for Esteban Ocon.
Who should they pick? There are a lot of drivers potentially on the market for next year, and while not all may be realistic options, many of them might end up behind the wheel of an RS31.
A mile-wide grin are day-glo helmet are not prerequisites. Tell us if you think Renault should hire one of these possibilities – or someone else.
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|Lewis Hamilton||Out of contract at Mercedes at the end of the year – but will be very expensive, and unlikely to be interested|
|Valtteri Bottas||Has already been tipped as a potential hire for Renault.|
|Sebastian Vettel||Will leave Ferrari at the end of the year, and Renault could be his best option.|
|Nico Hulkenberg||Would be a straightforward replacement, as he drove for the team last year.|
|Romain Grosjean||Another former Renault driver…|
|Kevin Magnussen||…and another.|
|Kimi Raikkonen||Is he looking for another year in F1? He drove for the team when it was Lotus.|
|Robert Kubica||Renult passed him over following his 2017 test, following which he spent a disappointing 2019 at Williams.|
|Sergey Sirotkin||Like Kubica, also previously tested for Renault and spent a season at Williams.|
|Fernando Alonso||Has won two world titles with Renault, this could be his last chance for another.|
|Stoffel Vandoorne||Dominant GP2 champion arguably cast aside by F1 too soon after two years in poor McLarens, now in Formula E.|
|Brendon Hartley||Formula Red Bull junior driver, dropped by Toro Rosso after a single season.|
|Marcus Ericsson||Had to make way for Raikkonen at Alfa Romeo, now with Ganassi’s IndyCar squad.|
|Nicholas Latifi||Already known to Renault following his stint as a test driver, making his F1 debut with Williams this year.|
Therefore it’s not hard to see why they might now prefer a stopgap solution for 2021. And there are plenty of potential names which might meet that need.
That’s their concern, however. Speaking purely as a fan, I just want to see as many of the best drivers in cars as possible.
Which is why I’m hankering for an Alonso comeback. Yes, he’s pushing the higher end of the age range for F1 drivers. But his final season of F1, though hamstrung by a poor car, showed he’s lost none of his competitive edge.
Whether he’d be prepared to return with a team which has fallen short of its goal of taking on the ‘big three’ is another matter. But he’s my top choice.
Should Renault pick one of the drivers we’ve suggested below – or someone else? Will reserve driver Guanyu Zhou gather enough superlicence points this year to become a contender for a seat? Cast your vote below and have your say in the comments.
Who should Renault hire to replace Daniel Ricciardo for the 2021 F1 season?
- Lewis Hamilton (1%)
- Valtteri Bottas (17%)
- Sebastian Vettel (8%)
- Nico Hulkenberg (19%)
- Romain Grosjean (2%)
- Kevin Magnussen (2%)
- Kimi Raikkonen (2%)
- Robert Kubica (1%)
- Sergey Sirotkin (1%)
- Fernando Alonso (28%)
- Stoffel Vandoorne (10%)
- Brendon Hartley (0%)
- Marcus Ericsson (1%)
- Nicholas Latifi (0%)
- Someone else (7%)
Total Voters: 220
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