The selection of workforce can’t be understated: The Spaniard, who will flip 39 later this month, gained each his championship titles with Renault throughout the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
The veteran driver has made 314 Grand Prix begins in his F1 profession, notching up 32 wins and 97 podiums (each his wins and podiums place him in sixth on the all-time record) throughout three groups — Renault, McLaren and Ferrari — and his return will mark the primary time a driver has had three separate stints with a single F1 workforce (2003-06, 2008-09 and from 2021 onwards).
Whereas Renault didn’t verify if the deal will last more than a single season, the driving force himself clearly has designs on his return being not a lot a curtain name, however a substantial new chapter in his spectacular profession.
Added to this, he feels the brand new rules — meant to be launched in 2021, however now delayed till 2022 due to coronavirus pandemic — will give him, and Renault, an opportunity to be extra aggressive.
The veteran Alonso shall be changing Daniel Ricciardo who’s transferring to McLaren — the identical workforce the Spaniard left in 2018 — and can see him drive alongside considered one of hottest younger abilities on the grid, 23-year-old Esteban Ocon.
Within the first race of the 2020 season in Austria, Ocon and Renault completed in eighth place.
“Clearly, it is a very completely satisfied day,” the 38-year-old Alonso informed CNN World Sport’s Amanda Davies. “After I left System One, I felt that it might be a chance to come back again in 2021 … I have been in a position to breathe a bit bit out of System One as a result of I’ve acquired 18 consecutive System One seasons, that are fairly demanding. I feel I wanted that point out and I come again now stronger than ever.”
However it’s not as if he has spent his time away from the grueling sport together with his ft up at residence, watching the subsequent era of F1 drivers, a few of whom are near half his age, hoping to emulate Alonso’s achievements.
The Spaniard has gained the Le Mans 24 Hours — for a second time — triumphed within the WEC world championship, tried to beat the famed Indianapolis 500 race and even managed a greater than respectable 13th place end within the legendary Dakar Rally. What’s extra, Alonso has designs on competing within the Indy 500 for a 3rd time subsequent month.
Any manner you wish to take a look at it, Alonso’s drive for achievement and starvation to stay aggressive stays undiminished.
“I hate shedding,” he explains to CNN Sport with an enormous smile on his face. “I really like successful. However, you realize, I do not wish to lose at something, and it could be arduous. Particularly 2021. We all know the place the automotive is at now.
“We all know the efficiency subsequent yr is a bit little bit of carryover from this yr. So, I am conscious that we should work lots and we’ll should slowly enhance the automotive. However, you realize, I am able to take that problem as properly.”
But when all is alleged and completed, and business and profession issues are put to the facet, how a lot of the romantic in Alonso performed a call in his return? In any case, he has spoken about Renault offering his fondest reminiscences inside F1.
“Romantic is a giant issue on the sort of resolution,” he stated. “Coming again to Renault is a plus for me, as a result of I do know the individuals within the workforce, I do know a whole lot of members that had been on my time a few years in the past. And in addition the dedication that
Renault made about System One and the long run that the workforce that the workforce has now, I feel it was necessary.”
By the sounds of it, Alonso’s future in motor sport nonetheless has many laps, races and — doubtlessly — years left to run. So, simply how lengthy does he envisage getting behind the wheel?
“I feel 10, 12 (years)” he begins, presumably joking, however then once more, maybe not. “Let’s have a look at. Look, after I was 25 or 28, I believed perhaps three or 4 extra years in System One shall be sufficient.
“However now at 38, for no matter motive, I develop extra expertise. I used to be driving in numerous automobiles, completely different classes, studying completely different driving kinds. I stated earlier than, I really feel recent now, prepared for touring, prepared for doing various things, work on the simulator.
“So, I really feel higher now than after I was 25. So, I can not inform now that there is solely two or three years extra in me. You already know, perhaps there are extra.”