Renault confirms 2008 driver line-up: Alonso and Piquet
10 December 2007 – The Renault Formula 1 team confirmed that Fernando Alonso will return to the team after a one year absense. Alonso will be joined by Nelson Piquet jr. on the grid in 2008. Romain Grosjean will become the team's test driver for next season.
Fernando Alonso rejoins the Renault F1 Team after spending the 2007 season at McLaren-Mercedes. Alonso drove for the Renault F1 Team between 2003 and 2006, during which time he scored 15 Grand Prix victories and won two world championships, in 2005 and 2006. He will play a key role in the team's efforts to return to the front of the field in 2008.
Speaking about the announcement Flavio Briatore said: "Fernando and Nelsinho will form one of the most exciting driver line up of 2008. We are delighted to be welcoming Fernando back home to the team where he enjoyed his greatest success. His abilities as a driver and a team leader are well known, and we look forward to forging another strong partnership. What's more, he knows the team well and how we operate; he will feel comfortable straight away in this environment. Nelsinho is one of the most promising young talents in motorsport. After his success in GP2, he has spent a year learning the ropes as our test driver and getting to know the team; he is now ready to step up to the next level."