Alonso to return with Renault in 2021

Alonso back to Renault

Fernando Alonso, double Formula 1 world champion, is moving back to F1 with Renault Formula 1 team next year.

He took retirement at the end of 2018 stating the need to focus on the triple crown. But he didn’t shy away from coming back.

The Spaniard will be joining his old team with whom he managed to win world titles back in 2005 and 2006.

“It’s an extremely happy day for me coming back to F1 first but also to the team with which I had the best experience in the category,” Alonso said.

Renault stood fourth on constructor championship in 2018. But it was out scored by McLaren in 2019 stalling its progress to be among top 3.

However, Alonso is convinced that new rules would turn out to be better for the team to dominate midfield and beyond. New regulations for 2021 have been delayed and will be implemented in 2022 due to COVID-19 crisis.

“Probably my first intention was to go out in 2018 and see how life was outside the bubble and have a think for the 2021 rules,” Alonso said.

“This has been postponed one year because of Covid but still it’s worth being in the sport in 2021 as a preparation for me after two years not driving these cars, and to build up with the team and have a good season.

“I know only one team will be winning in 2020 – and in 2021 probably – but I think the 2022 rules will hopefully bring some fairness to the sport and some close action with teams more level and less scope to invent something that has a large performance advantage.

“There is time to build on those projects. I am relaxed, I am aware of what 2021 will be. I’m hopeful for 2022.”

Cyril Abiteboul welcomed the news of Alonso joining Renault in 2021. He siad: “His presence in our team is a formidable asset on the sporting level but also for the brand to which he is very attached.

“His experience and determination will enable us to get the best out of each other to take the team towards the excellence that modern F1 demands.

“He will also bring to our team, which has grown very fast, a culture of racing and winning.”

Currently, Alonso signed a contract for two year and he might extend his career beyond 2022.

He will be replacing Daniel Ricciardo, who will be moving to McLaren.

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