Renault has confirmed that 2 time world champion Fernando Alonso will return to F1 in 2021 with the French outfit.
Rumors begun on Monday that a deal had been struck between the two with confirmation coming earlier today.
The Sapniard will partner Esteban Ocon and replace the outgoing Daniel Ricciardo who is moving on Mclaren to replace Carlos Sainz who himself is replacing Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari.
Alonso last raced with Renault from 2003-2006 and 2008-2009 winning two world championships in 05/06. He then raced for Mclaren in 2007 in a now infamous season against then rookie Lewis Hamilton, after second stint at Renault he moved to Ferrari from 2010-2014 almost winning the title on several occasions. He then moved back to Mclaren just as the team switched to Honda engines, this would be his last stint in F1 retireing in 2018 after a horrendous time with the Mclaren team.
Speaking about the deal Alono 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.
“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.”
Since leaving F1 in 2018 Alonso has gone on to compete in other series such as; WEC (winning the Le Mans 24hrs and the title), Indycar and the Dakar rally.