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Fernando Alonso set to return to Formula 1

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Spaniard set to return to racing

Fernando Alonso, the Spanish two-time World Champion, is set to make his sensational return to Formula 1. His return to the sport comes after leaving the competition in 2018.

Fernando Alonso will team up with Esteban Ocon at Renault for the 2021 season, filling the seat of outgoing Daniel Ricciardo.

What Renault said

In a statement from Cyril Abiteboul, Managing Director: “The signing of Fernando Alonso is part of Groupe Renault’s plan to continue its commitment to F1 and to return to the top of the field. His presence in our team is a formidable asset on the sporting level but also for the brand to which he is very attached. The strength of the bond between him, the team and the fans make him a natural choice.

The 38-year-old won his first race at the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2003.

“In addition to past successes, it is a bold mutual choice as well as a project for the future. His experience and determination will enable us to get the best out of each other to take the team towards the excellence that modern Formula 1 demands. He will also bring to our team, which has grown very fast, a culture of racing and winning to overcome hurdles together. Alongside Esteban, his mission will be to help Renault DP World F1 Team prepare for the 2022 season in the best possible conditions.”

Alonso will be returning to Renault for a third time and the team holds great memories for Alonso. At Renault he won two championships in 2005-06, although, the team have not been able to replicate this success.

What Alonso said

In a statement from Alonso: “Renault is my family, my fondest memories in Formula One with my two World Championship titles, but I’m now looking ahead. It’s a great source of pride and with an immense emotion I’m returning to the team that gave me my chance at the start of my career and which now gives me the opportunity to return to the highest level. I have principles and ambitions in line with the team’s project. Their progress this winter gives credibility to the objectives for the 2022 season and I will share all my racing experience with everyone from the engineers to the mechanics and my team-mates. The team wants and has the means to get back on the podium, as do I.”

 

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