Renault has confirmed Fernando Alonso is making a shock return to associate Esteban Ocon at its Components One workforce subsequent 12 months.
Alonso, 38, will change Daniel Ricciardo, who signed a deal earlier this 12 months to maneuver to McLaren for 2021. The 2-year deal will see Alonso return to the workforce that he secured his two titles with in 2005 and 2006.
“Renault is my household, my fondest reminiscences in Components One with my two world championship titles, however I am now trying forward,” Alonso stated. “It is an excellent supply of pleasure and with an immense emotion I am returning to the workforce that gave me my likelihood firstly of my profession and which now provides me the chance to return to the very best stage.
“I’ve ideas and ambitions in keeping with the workforce’s mission. Their progress this winter provides credibility to the goals for the 2022 season and I’ll share all my racing expertise with everybody from the engineers to the mechanics and my team-mates. The workforce desires and has the means to get again on the rostrum, as do I.”
Renault workforce principal Cyril Abiteboul added: “The signing of Fernando Alonso is a part of Groupe Renault’s plan to proceed its dedication to F1 and to return to the highest of the sector. His presence in our workforce is a formidable asset on the sporting stage but additionally for the model to which he’s very connected.
“The energy of the bond between him, the workforce and the followers make him a pure alternative. Along with previous successes, it’s a daring mutual alternative in addition to a mission for the long run. His expertise and dedication will allow us to get one of the best out of one another to take the workforce in direction of the excellence that trendy Components One calls for.
“He will even deliver to our workforce, which has grown very quick, a tradition of racing and successful to beat hurdles collectively. Alongside Esteban, his mission might be to assist Renault DP World F1 Staff put together for the 2022 season in the absolute best situations.”
The 2-time world champion final raced in a grand prix on the finish of the 2018 season and left F1 saying he had nothing extra to realize within the collection. He has since raced in IndyCar, the World Endurance Championship and on the Dakar Rally, successful the WEC title with two victories on the well-known Le Mans 24 Hours.
Alonso first left Renault for McLaren on the finish of 2006, solely to return in 2008 after falling out with McLaren boss Ron Dennis whereas paired with rookie Lewis Hamilton. He joined Ferrari firstly of 2010 and got here near successful the title with the Italian workforce in his first 12 months and once more in 2012, struggling agonising near-misses on the last race of each campaigns.
The final of his 32 profession wins got here on the 2013 European Grand Prix with Ferrari earlier than an unsuccessful change to McLaren in 2015.
Since stepping away from F1, Alonso has received the World Endurance Championship, the top of sports activities automobile racing, with Toyota. His stint with the workforce included two victories on the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours in 2018 and 2019.
Alonso will contest the Indy 500 for the third time in his profession in August. Profitable it will make him the second driver alongside Graham Hill to assert motor racing’s unofficial Triple Crown, which additionally consists of the Le Mans 24 Hours and Monaco Grand Prix.