Fernando Alonso just signed a surprising two-year deal with Renault F1 team and will look to push forward the team higher up the Constructors’ Championship rank.
The Austrian Grand Prix marked the beginning of a wild season for Formula 1. The first race of the year showed just how much Mercedes is still the favorites of the year. However, it also showed just how much raw talent there is behind the reigning champion, Lewis Hamilton.
Next year will be another interesting season for Formula 1. Only a couple of teams have locked in their drivers and the market is wide open for transfers. Renault for their part do not intend to join the fray and have just made a big catch.
Fernando Alonso signs with Renault
Fernando Alonso is returning to the team that gave him the chance to become a two-time world champion in Formula 1. Alonso’s deal guarantees him to be Renault’s driver until 2022. By then, he shall already be 41 years old beating Kimi Räikkönen’s present age of 40 as the oldest racer on the track.
Renault hasn’t had much success for the past ten years and they are desperately looking for a solution. As such they are turning towards Alonso’s winning pedigree to turn the team around. Cyril Abiteboul said,
“The signing of Fernando Alonso is part of Renault’s plan to continue its commitment to F1 and to return to the top of the field.”
The team has faced several car problems in the past years, but Alonso believes that their fortunes will change in the next year.
Where has Alonso been?
The Spanish racer left his McLaren team in 2018 after four winless and turbulent years. His passion for racing never faded. In fact, he has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans championship back in 2019. He never closed the door for an F1 return, and he is getting his chance to take a crack at another championship run. He said,
“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.”
With regard to his health and age, he will face stiff competition in younger drivers such as LeClerc and Verstappen. Nonetheless, Alonso believes that he is stronger than ever.
Alonso will attempt to win racing’s unofficial most coveted title of the ‘Triple Crown’. He already has two of three championships in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Monaco Grand Prix. He only has to win the race in Indianapolis in August to be the second driver ever to win such an unofficial title.
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