By: Myanna Wedes
Fernando Alonso is back in action on track with Renault F1 in 2021.
Some people will say Renault are crazy after the way Alonso left the sport. Others will say it is a genius move because his experience could definitely assist their car performance and chances of winning.
However, Renault have engaged various drivers to help build their car and it has not worked to the timeline anticipated by Cyril Abiteboul. So what makes him think Alonso will work? Have a read below.
Cyril Abiteboul, Managing Director, Renault Sport Racing:
“The signing of Fernando Alonso is part of Groupe Renault’s plan to continue its commitment to F1 and to return to the top of the field. His presence in our team is a formidable asset on the sporting level but also for the brand to which he is very attached. The strength of the bond between him, the team and the fans make him a natural choice. In addition to past successes, it is a bold mutual choice as well as a project for the future. His experience and determination will enable us to get the best out of each other to take the team towards the excellence that modern Formula 1 demands. He will also bring to our team, which has grown very fast, a culture of racing and winning to overcome hurdles together. Alongside Esteban, his mission will be to help Renault DP World F1 Team prepare for the 2022 season in the best possible conditions.”
“Renault is my family, my fondest memories in Formula One 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.”
We must remember that Alonso achieved incredible success with Renault. A picture can tell a thousand words. Take a look below: Nico Hulkenberg shaking Alonso’s hands even though he was departing Renault and now Alonso taking that job with open arms. What a funny coincidence!