Renault F1 has announced Fernando Alonso’s sensational return to F1 in 2021, 12 years after his second stint with the racing company.
The two-time world champion will make his return to Renault for the third time in his career, after a second stint in 2008-2009.
Alonso, who is set to be 39 when he returns, will replace the outgoing Daniel Riccardo to McLaren for the 2021 season and partner alongside Esteban Ocon.
Speaking to F1’s official website, 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.”
Since leaving McLaren in 2018, Alonso has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice, won FIA WEC Championship in 2019, and most recently finished 13th in the Dakar Rally. But, the 38-year-old is ready to return to his beloved sport and earn some podium finishes with Renault.