Fernando Alonso to Renault for 2021 F1 season has been confirmed by BBC’s Andrew Benson, in what is a sensational move.
Following months of speculation, it has happened, finally. Former Renault legend Fernando Alonso will be making a sensational return to the French team in 2021.
Alonso set to return to F1 with Renault in 2021 https://t.co/w8YR0sTcZ9
— Andrew Benson (@andrewbensonf1) July 7, 2020
Alonso, now 39, “has signed (the dotted lines) and will be confirmed soon’, according to BBC sources.
The Spanish champ joined Renault for the first time in 2002, as a test driver. The following year, he was promoted to the main team. He won his only two world titles with Renault in the years 2005 and 2006.
He has also raced in F1 for the likes of Minardi, McLaren, and Ferrari in a stellar career. His rivalry with Ferrari’s record world champion Michael Schumacher is well documented.
After leaving Renault in 2006, he made a comeback in 2008, before switching to Ferrari in 2010. He last raced in F1 in 2017, driving for the McLaren F1 team, finishing 11th.
Alonso then went on to try Le Mans, SportsCar Championship, World Endurance Championship, IndyCar Series and even the Dakar Rally. He went on to win Le Mans in 2018, World Endurance Championship in 2019, and Le Mans again in 2019.
Fernando Alonso’s sensational return to F1
Fernando Alonso will be partnering Frenchman Esteban Ocon next season. Alonso is replacing Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who is making a switch to McLaren to replace Carlos Sainz. Sainz, in turn, is moving to Ferrari to replace the legendary German Sebastian Vettel. Quite a Domino Effect of Formula One transfers!
Alonso, when he left F1 in 2017 had said he had “achieved in F1 more than I dreamed of. It is time to achieve bigger things in life.” It is no secret that he was in talks with Renault since last year, with his adviser Flavio Briatore confirming it. “Alonso is motivated and ready to return to F1”.
There is plenty of excitement in the F1 world on his return, and it would be a delight to see the outspoken Alonso back into the paddocks.