So everyone knows that Alonso is returning to F1 next season at Renault which will be called Alpine. Alonso said his returning to F1 because he loves the sport… He had completed his check list of other things to do in his two years away.
The Spaniard will become the first driver to have three separate stints with a single formula one team, he raced for Renault between 2003-2006, 2008-2009 and now 2021 onwards. He has signed a two year contract with the team.
Alonso has spent two full seasons away from Formula One after leaving McLaren at the end of 2018, but he is back for one last crack with the team he won two world championships in 2005 and also 2006.
He started his build up to come back into Formula One this year by going to the factory, and also trying to get more mileage on him, he stepped into the 2018 Renault car and also the 2020 model in the ‘Young drivers test’ following the season finale in Abu Dhabi.
There was lots of discussion about Alonso doing the young drivers test as he is not young anymore unlike all the other drivers who took part, Lando Norris said ” It’s fairly obvious Fernando is not a young driver. It’s not like he has done one or two races… and he’s been doing countless tests already during the year in Formula One cars. I don’t get why they’ve changed rules just for him. i think its quite silly and it should not be allowed.”
Alonso finished top off the charts for the young drivers test, he was followed by Nyck De Vries and Stoffel Vandoorne in both of the Mercedes.
I’m looking forward to seeing Alonso back on the grid, but I do wonder if he will be like anything he use to be? He will have a lot of pressure on him as he has lots of fans and he has the experience, another world champion on track…Only 88 days to go till the first race.