After a one year absence, Fernando Alonso will make a return to Formula 1 next year in the Renault, with which he won his two world Championships in 2005 and 2006.
The rumor of an imminent return of the veteran Spanish driver had been fuelled on Monday by Marcanewspaper from Madrid, who wrote that ” the agreement between the two parties would be announced Wednesday “.
The famous british channel BBC has said on Tuesday, citing three reliable sources to confirm the news.
Alonso is regarded as one of the drivers of the most gifted of his generation. His return is not only good news for Renault, which is trying to burnish its coat of arms, but mainly for the F1, which found one of its tenors, and of whom it is said that motivation is intact.
Alonso, who will celebrate his 39 years on the 29th of July, will replace Australian Daniel Ricciardo, whose hiring at McLaren is already formalized to 2021.
An outstanding list of winners
It will be the third visit of Alonso at Renault. This time, he will be in Esteban Ake a young team-mate is very talented.
The card to Alonso is impressive. His name ranks sixth among winners of all-time with 32 victories and the attendance was on the podium with 97. He played in 312 events in F1, being preceded in this chapter by Rubens Barrichello (323) and Kimi Räikkönen (314).
Alonso is badly in need of wins and results. His last presence on the podium dates back to the Hungarian Grand Prix (2nd) to its fifth and final year at Ferrari in 2014. He has not accessed the first walk since his victory, in front of his audience, in Barcelona, a year earlier. At the end of the year 2018, he left F1 after four years miserable at McLaren.
While waiting for his return in F1, Alonso will be able to focus on its ambitions to become the second driver in history to conquer what he agreed to describe as the Triple crown in motorsport. A feat held in exclusivity by the late Briton Graham Hill.
However, the Spanish will have a third chance this summer to join the father of Damon, since he is still enrolled, August 23, at the Classic of the 500 Miles of Indianapolis, the only victory that eluded him after his success at the Grand Prix de Monaco F1 and the world-famous 24-Hour race of le Mans.
Alonso did win in the streets of the Principality on two occasions (2006 and 2007) and has been winner at the 24 Hours of le Mans in 2018 and 2019. Last winter, he ranked 13th in the very grueling Dakar Rally, in his first presence.
► When the kick-off of the season 2021, will be given, Alonso could become, at 39 years old, the oldest driver of the plateau in F1. One whispers more than Räikkönen, who will be 41 years old on 17 October, will be pushed to retire at the end of this campaign. His successor at Alfa Romeo would be none other than Mick Schumacher, son of Michael, seven-time world champion, and who has started the last week of his second season in F2.
- Born on 29 July 1981 in Oviedo, Spain
- Departures GP : 312
- Victories : 32
- Podiums : 97
- Position of head : 22
- First GP : Australia 2001 (11th)
- Last GP : Abu Dhabi 2018 (12)
- First victory : Hungary 2003
- Last win : Spain 2013
- Stables attended : Minardi (2001), Renault (2002 to 2006), McLaren (2007), Renault (2008-2009) Ferrari (2010 to 2014) and McLaren (2015 to 2018)
- World Champion in 2005 and 2006
- Vice-champion in 2010, 2012 and 2013
Source : Formula1.com