After two seasons of absence, 38-year-old driver Fernando Alonso will return to F1 village with Renault from the 2021 season.
According to the BBC, Alonso will replace Daniel Ricciardo, as a teammate of Esteban Ocon next season. The contract between the two-time world champion driver and Renault is valid for two years, until the end of the 2022 season.
Alonso played in a Renault shirt for the period 2003-2006, twice world champions in 2005 and 2006. After joining McLaren in 2007, Alonso returned to Renault to play until 2009. At that time, the French team gradually fell. shot, causing Alonso to switch to Ferrari in the 2010. He played five seasons for Ferrari, three of which finished second, behind Sebastian Vettel. The Spanish racer returns to McLaren, sticking with the British racing team for the period 2015-2018. His top spot at this stage was 10th. During his two years away from F1, Alonso played several races such as the World Endurance Championship, 24 Hours of Le Mans or Dakar Rally.
At this moment, Renault has no chance to compete for the F1 championship. The RS20 is underrated W11 (Mercedes), SF1000 (Ferrari), RB16 (Red Bull). Renault is also outperforming McLaren and Racing Point – the team changed its name to Aston Martin from next season. F1’s revolution will take place in 2022. At that time, Alonso will turn 40.
Renault’s vacant position was owned, making Vettel’s future even more blurred. The four-time world champions will leave Ferrari later this season. He also claims to only want to compete for top-tier racing teams, like Red Bull or Mercedes. The possible destination is Red Bull, but recently leader Christian Horner has ruled out this possibility.
This was not the first time Red Bull wanted to hire Alonso. Team leader Christian Horner repeatedly invited Spanish racers in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2018. After being rejected this year, Red Bull decided to send Alexander Albon to replace Gasly. Albon – Thai racer – will start paralleling Max Verstappen at the Belgian race.