Fernando Alonso: Two-time world champion to return to Formula 1 next season to replace Daniel Ricciardo at Renault

Fernando Alonso is set to return to Formula 1 as a driver for Renault next year.

Alonso, the two-time world champion, left F1 in 2018 after four unsuccessful years with McLaren – the team Daniel Ricciardo is joining from Renault to free up space for the Spaniard’s return.

Alonso won Renault their only two world championships in 2005 and 2006

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The announcement that Sebastian Vettel will leave Ferrari at the end of the season after the two parties were unable to agree terms on a new contract began a domino effect which resulted in Carlos Sainz being hired by the Italians for 2021, with Ricciardo swiftly hired to replace Sainz.

And Alonso will now return to F1 as the Australian’s replacement at Renault, BBC Sport claim.

Renault will partner Alonso with Esteban Ocon, the 23-year-old Frenchman who began his two-year deal with the Oxfordshire-based team at the start of this season.

Alonso has tried his hand at endurance racing since leaving F1 – winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2018 and 2019 – and also raced in the IndyCar Series. His other venues away from F1 include twice competing at the Indianapolis 500 – finishing 24th in 2017 and DNQing last year; he is due to enter this year’s race with Arrow McLaren SP and will hope for success at the third attempt.

Alonso appeared to race for the final time in F1 at the 2018 Abu Dhabi GP – but he will drive again next season

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