'Pride, emotion’ drives Fernando Alonso back to Renault F1 ‘family'

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Double world champion Fernando Alonso will make a Formula One comeback at age 39 next year with Renault, the team he won his titles with, after two seasons out of the sport.

While Renault has only confirmed Alonso's seat for next year, Abiteboul suggested the signing was made in part to help prepare for the radical new rules package due to arrive the following season, saying that Alonso's "mission will be to help Renault DP World F1 Team prepare for the 2022 season in the best possible conditions".

But the xx-year-old driver is also returning home, as he won his two world championships driving for Renault in 2005 and '06.

The 39-year-old, who is a two-time Le Mans 24 Hours victor, won his championships in 2005 and 2006 and drove for McLaren in the 2018 season.

McLaren joined forces with Renault but its struggles continued, prompting a restructuring of the team, and in 2018's summer break Alonso announced his departure at the end of the year. 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".

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"I have principles and ambitions in line with the team's project", Alonso said. And now, after a similarly unsuccessful few years at McLaren and a diverting subsequent gap year, Alonso is reportedly heading back to Renault yet again for the 2021 F1 season. The team is expected to tap Alonso's decades of experience for development of a radically new F1 vehicle to be introduced for the 2022 season.

Although he won the famous sportscar endurance race in 2018 and 2019 he has not been able to crack the Indy 500, despite a remarkable effort on his first appearance back in 2017.

He has become a two-time victor of the Le Mans 24 Hours, adding victory in 2019 to his first win in 2018, won the world endurance championship and also competed in this year's Dakar Rally.

Alonso went on to claim a maiden victory that same season and secured back-to-back titles across 2005/06, beating Kimi Raikkonen and Michael Schumacher, after which he switched to McLaren. In 2010, Alonso joined Ferrari.

Since stepping away from F1, Alonso has won the World Endurance Championship, the pinnacle of sports vehicle racing, with Toyota. He finished runner-up in the title race three times with the famed Italian manufacturer before joining McLaren in 2015.

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