Fernando Alonso will return to Formula 1 in 2021 after Renault officially announced him as Daniel Ricciardo’s replacement.
The two-time World Champion, both times with Renault in 2005 and 2006, will be back for a third spell with the Enstone team having also returned to them back in 2009.
Alonso was linked with the Renault seat as soon as it became available and the team had made no secret of the fact that the Spaniard was on their shortlist. Now it’s official.
Alonso retired from Formula 1 at the end of the 2018 season with McLaren after becoming tired of the predictability in the sport, but he never fully closed the door on a return. Instead, he remained a keen onlooker whilst continuing to race in other series.
Since leaving Formula 1, Alonso has become a two-time Le Mans 24 winner and a World Endurance champion with Toyota Gazoo Racing and also represented them in the iconic Dakar Rally.
But now the 38-year-old is now ready to add to his 311 Formula 1 starts with what will be his 18th campaign in 2021.
Alonso is sixth on the all-time winners’ list in Formula 1 with 32 victories to his name, 15 of which came in Renault colours.
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