Fernando Alonso returns to F1 with Renault

Fernando Alonso has returned to Formula 1 by joining Renault for the 2021 season.

Alonso left F1 at the end of 2018, but has now decided to return to the sport, signing an initial two-year deal with Renault, the team he won his two world championship titles with in 2005 and 2006.

The 38-year-old replaces Daniel Ricciardo at the wheel for Renault, who has joined McLaren. Alonso will next season be partnered with Esteban Ocon.

Commenting on his return, Fernando Alonso said: “Renault is my family, my fondest memories in Formula 1 with my two world championship titles, but I’m now looking ahead.

‘It’s a great source of pride and with an immense emotion I’m returning to the team that gave me my chance at the start of my career and which now gives me the opportunity to return to the highest level.”

He added: “I have principles and ambitions in line with the team’s project. Their progress this winter gives credibility to the objectives for the 2022 season and I will share all my racing experience with everyone from the engineers to the mechanics and my team-mates.

“The team wants and has the means to get back on the podium, as do I.”