Alonso set for F1 return with Renault

Announcement confirming news expected on Wednesday; Alonso will partner Esteban Ocon in third different stint driving for Renault

Last Updated: 07/07/20 4:53pm

Fernando Alonso is set to return to Formula 1 as Daniel Ricciardo’s replacement at Renault for the 2021 season.

It is understood that an official announcement confirming the news is set for Wednesday.

After two seasons off the grid, the 38-year-old Alonso will rejoin Renault for a third stint at the Enstone team where he won his two world titles in 2005-2006.

Alonso, one of the sport’s most successful yet controversial stars of recent history, will partner Esteban Ocon in 2021 with Ricciardo already signed by McLaren.

Renault declined to comment when contacted.

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Back in February, Fernando Alonso told Sky Sports that he would make a decision about any F1 return during the summer.

Back in February, Fernando Alonso told Sky Sports that he would make a decision about any F1 return during the summer.

The return of an F1 icon

Alonso left McLaren at the end of 2018 after four disappointing and often-troubled seasons and walked away from the F1 grid to pursue other racing disciplines, including the Indianapolis 500 and World Endurance Championship.

The Spaniard is making a third attempt at Indy with McLaren’s new full-time team at the rescheduled Brickyard race in August.

But he has never fully shut the door on an F1 return, despite turning 39 later this month and already competing in more than 300 grands prix since his debut aged 19 with Minardi in 2001.

Alonso has won 32 grands prix across three teams – Renault, McLaren and Ferrari.

More to follow…

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