Alonso set for F1 return with Renault in 2021, says report

Ruben Hill
July 7, 2020

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso is set to return to Formula One with Renault in 2021, the BBC reported on Tuesday (July 7).

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

Alonso, who will turn 39 later this month, last competed in Formula 1 in 2018 when he ended his four-year spell at McLaren, though he went on to test its 2019 auto in Bahrain.

RACER understands an announcement confirming Alonso's return to his former team alongside Esteban Ocon is now scheduled to be made on Wednesday ahead of the second race of the F1 season in Austria.

After two seasons off the grid, the 38-year-old Alonso has signed with Renault for a third stint at the Enstone team where he won his two world titles in 2005-2006. Ricciardo is taking over from Carlos Sainz ahead of his switch to Ferrari.

He has also competed for Minardi (2001) and Ferrari (2010-14) in a Formula 1 career that has so far yielded 32 wins from 314 events. He starred for Renault in the early years, before quitting McLaren after one season following a turbulent campaign alongside the then-rookie Lewis Hamilton.

Fernando Alonso racing for McLaren at the 2018 British Grand Prix (David Davies/PA).

Alonso will contest the Indy 500 in August.

While the introduction of those regulations has been pushed back by a year to 2022 due to cost saving measures implemented as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, F1 will run under a budget cap from next season, increasing the potential for midfield teams to fight closer to the front.

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