Alonso set for F1 return with Renault

Announcement confirming news expected on Wednesday; Alonso will partner Esteban Ocon in third different stint driving for Renault

Last Updated: 07/07/20 4:01pm

Fernando Alonso is set to return to Formula 1 as Daniel Ricciardo’s replacement at Renault for the 2021 season.

It is understood that an official announcement confirming the news is set for Wednesday.

After two seasons off the grid, the 38-year-old Alonso has signed with Renault for a third stint at the Enstone team where he won his two world titles in 2005-2006.

Alonso, one of the sport’s most successful yet controversial stars of recent history, will partner Esteban Ocon in 2021 with Ricciardo already signed by McLaren.

The Spaniard left McLaren at the end of 2018 after four disappointing and sometimes-troubled seasons and walked away from the F1 grid to pursue other racing disciplines, including the Indianapolis 500 and World Endurance Championship.

Alonso is making a third attempt at Indy with McLaren’s new full-time team at the rescheduled Brickyard race in August.

Renault declined to comment when contacted.

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