F1 world champion Fernando Alonso is set for a sensational return to Renault for the 2021 season to team up with Estaban Ocon to replace the McLaren bound Daniel Ricciardo.
When Ferrari announced the departure of Sebastian Vettel, Carlos Sainz joined the Red team while Daniel Ricciardo chose to leave French team Renault to join Lando Norris and rumors started circulating about the potential of Alonso joining Renault.
Yesterday, reports confirmed that the Spaniard will be joining the team with whom he won his titles for 2005 and 2006. The announcement is set for today by the Enstone based team.
In 2018, the two-time world champion decided to walk away from Formula 1 and pursue a new challenge where he went racing in the Indianapolis 500 and World Endurance Championship – where he became a world champion again, with Toyota.
The Spaniard is making a third attempt at Indy with McLaren’s new full-time team at the rescheduled Brickyard race in August. A win at Indianapolis would mean Alonso becomes just the second driver after Graham Hill to claim the ‘Triple Crown’ of victories at the Monaco GP, Le Mans 24 Hours, and Indy 500.
Alonso to Make his Return to F1 with Renault
Alonso who will be making his third stint in F1 has never shut the door down on his career with the sport. He has enjoyed racing for teams like Renault where he won his two World titles, McLaren and of course the Italian side Ferrari both failing to guide him to success.
With his experience, Renault believes that he will be able to direct their team back to track but also help Estaban Ocon in understanding the game better.
The question that many have at the moment is whether he still has it in him or even if he still does, can Renault be the team that he once raced for.
In the first race of the season, Renault had both cars withdrawing from the race due to DNFs and this is the same problem that they had in the 2019 season.
Renault, who slipped to fifth in last year’s Constructors’ Championship after a promising fourth-place finish the year before, have reiterated their F1 commitment in recent weeks and are targeting the introduction of a budget cap in 2021 and the delayed technical overhaul of cars in 2022 to close the gap on the top three teams.
The two time World Champion will be turning 39 this year that could make him the second oldest driver on the grid with Kimi Raikkonen at 40 years currently the oldest on the grid.
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