Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso returns to the sport after two years, coming out of retirement he announced back in 2018. The Spaniard has agreed on a two-year deal to rejoin the Renault F1 Team for the 2021 season–with whom he won both his championships back in 2005 and 2006. He will be taking up the vacant seat left by Daniel Ricciardo who is set to join McLaren next season. Alonso will be driving alongside current driver Esteban Ocon.
“His presence in our team is a formidable asset..”
Alonso has quite a history with Renault, with whom he signed in 2002 for the first time. He also rejoined the team in 2008 after a relatively difficult tenor with McLaren. Before he announced retirement in 2018, he kept doors open for a possible return to the sport if the situation and conditions were right. “His presence in our team is a formidable asset on the sporting level but also for the brand to which he is very attached,” said Cyril Abiteboul, Managing Director and Team principal at Renault F1 team.
Alonso is the sixth most successful driver in F1 history in terms of wins and is regarded as one of the greatest racing drivers in the history of the sport. Alonso also won the titles during a time when both Renault and he were considered underdogs and during the period when the sport was dominated by the mighty Ferrari and the legendary Michael Schumacher.
Fernando Alonso is turning 39 later this month.