Legendary driver Fernando Alonso’s return to F1 has been confirmed with Renault and the driving force can be partnering with Esteban Ocon. He can be one of many senior-most drivers on the grid.
Practically two years after asserting his retirement from the game, iconic driver Fernando Alonso has confirmed his return to Formulation 1 in 2021. The 2-time world champion has inked a take care of Renault and can be becoming a member of Esteban Ocon within the paddock. This would be the Spaniard’s third separate stint with Renault having raced with the workforce between 2003-2006, which can be when he received two world titles, adopted by a stint in 2008-2009. The legendary driver makes a return after having raced in different types of motorsport challenges together with the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the Dakar up to now 12 months.
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Along with his return, Alonso, who turns 39-years this month, additionally turns into one of many senior-most drivers on the grid for 2021. He additionally fulfils the void of a star driver in Renault’s storage that the workforce wanted after Daniel Ricciardo introduced his exit for McLaren in 2021. Whereas the manufacturing facility workforce has not introduced the size of the contract with Alonso, it’s prone to be for at least two seasons, permitting Renault sufficient time to develop the all-new new F1 automobile that meets the unconventional new guidelines for 2022.
Talking about Alonso’s return, Cyril Abiteboul, MD, Renault F1 Workforce, mentioned, “The signing of Fernando Alonso is a part of Groupe Renault’s plan to proceed its dedication to F1 and to return to the highest of the sphere. His presence in our workforce is a formidable asset on the sporting stage but in addition for the model to which he’s very connected. The energy of the bond between him, the workforce and the followers make him a pure selection. Along with previous successes, it’s a daring mutual selection in addition to a venture for the long run. His expertise and willpower will allow us to get the most effective out of one another to take the workforce in direction of the excellence that trendy Formulation 1 calls for. Alongside Esteban, his mission can be to assist Renault DP World F1 Workforce put together for the 2022 season in the absolute best situations.”
Talking on his return to F1 with Renault, Alonso mentioned, “Renault is my household, my fondest reminiscences in Formulation 1 with my two World Championship titles, however I am now trying forward. It is a fantastic supply of delight and with an immense emotion I am returning to the workforce that gave me my probability initially of my profession and which now provides me the chance to return to the best stage. I’ve rules and ambitions according to the workforce’s venture. Their progress this winter provides credibility to the targets for the 2022 season and I’ll share all my racing expertise with everybody from the engineers to the mechanics and my team-mates. The workforce desires and has the means to get again on the rostrum, as do I.”
Whereas Alonso’s return has been largely welcomed by followers, there even have been naysayers who imagine the seat might go to a youthful driver who would get a profession increase in that place. From F1’s perspective although, Alonso belongs to the old-fashioned world of racing and his presence would make for an fascinating grid as newer drivers together with Max Verstappen, Alex Albon, Lando Norris problem the established order. It additionally makes for an fascinating watch when the brand new guidelines kick-in in 2022, which was initially scheduled for subsequent 12 months however has been delayed as a result of Coronavirus pandemic; and is anticipated to stage the taking part in discipline for a midfield workforce like Renault.
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Since asserting his exit from F1 in 2018, Alonso did not give up racing. He discovered the thrills in WEC profitable the Le Mans 24 Hours twice in 2018 and 2019 respectively and competed within the Dakar Rally earlier this 12 months. He additionally competed for the second time in IndyCar final 12 months with the newly established McLaren workforce however didn’t qualify after what the workforce described as a sequence of organisational failures. He is because of compete in IndyCar for the third time in August 2020.
In F1, Alonso’s profession is what legends are made from. The motive force has received 32 Grand Prix in his profession and is positioned sixth on the all-time iconic drivers’ listing. Aside from his two world titles, he is been a three-time runner-up in 2007 with McLaren, and in 2010 and 2012 with Ferrari. His final victory in F1 although was the 2013 Spanish GP. Alonso spent his closing 4 years in F1 with McLaren, which was a irritating present of coordination between the workforce, automobile and the driving force. Nevertheless, since Alonso exit, the workforce has managed to choose up the tempo with the brand new Renault engine (changing the Honda energy mill) displaying large enchancment and noticed the workforce end fourth final season within the constructors’ standings. McLaren picked up its first podium end in years on the Austria GP final weekend.
Alonso has been vocal about profitable motorsport’s triple crown – the Indy 500, Monaco GP and the Le Mans 24 Hours. He has achieved the latter, which now leaves the Indy 500 and Monaco GP for grabs. Probably his motivation to return to F1.