Sports Mole rounds up all of the latest news regarding Formula 1 on Wednesday, July 15.
Wednesday morning's Formula 1 news roundup:
Renault will be in Formula 1 "for a long time", according to the French works outfit's former boss.
"We negotiated the return together. I have known for two months," he said.
"We have guarantees that Renault will remain in F1 for a long time, Fernando has his motivation, I'm very happy.
"There was the possibility of going to Racing Point but we preferred to make another choice," Briatore added.
As for 38-year-old Alonso, the two-time champion insists he is not thinking about his Formula 1 return quite yet.
"Right now I am fully focused on the Indianapolis 500," said Alonso, referring to the fabled oval race that has been rescheduled for August 23.
"My goal is to try to do the triple crown, so I'm not thinking about F1 right now. Afterwards I will follow the team and go in the simulator," he added.
After it emerged that the Australian driver is moving to McLaren for 2021, a statement issued by Renault indicated that Abiteboul questioned Ricciardo's loyalty.
"In our sport, and particularly within the current extraordinary situation, reciprocated confidence, unity and commitment are, more than ever, critical values for a works team," Abiteboul was quoted as saying.
Ricciardo told Channel 4 that he didn't "take it personally".
"I was aware of some articles but I have spoken to him since then and the dust has settled and everything is cool," he said.
"But I also just think that is the competitive spirit you see not just in the drivers but the teams as well. When they believe in something and you want something, you're going to collide somewhere."
Ricciardo said the situation is similar to 2018, when he signed with Renault for the 2019 and 2020 seasons mid-way through the year.
"The shock from the news takes a bit of a hit but as time passes everybody just gets back to work. That's what we will do now," he said.
More transfer news from Formula 1:
Ferrari has identified Binotto's successor - report
Mattia Binotto's successor as Ferrari team boss may already have been found. Read more.
Kneeling 'against the Russian mentality' - Kvyat
It is a "personal choice" whether drivers want to kneel or stand amid the new wave of racial politics that is sweeping through Formula 1, according to Daniil Kvyat. Read more.