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Fernando Alonso back in Formula 1 in 2021 for Renault

Fernando Alonso may be turning 40 next year, but he is up to making a sensational return to Formula 1, driving a French engine from Renault.

The Spanish pilot wrote history in 2005 and 2006, when he won the only two F1 titles for a driver from his country. Both were for Renault.

Alonso confirmed his comeback, and this time he will be competing for Alpine F1 Team in 2021 and 2022. Alpine F1 Team is a future French Formula One racing team based in the United Kingdom, and owned by Groupe Renault.

After two spells at Renault in the first decade of the 2000s, Alonso returns to the industry less than two years after waving goodbye. He was a pilot for the French group between 2003-06, and then 2008-09. Now he will become the first driver with three separate stints with the same Formula One team.

The Spanish pilot was one of the most popular F1 drivers in the past years, along with Lewis Hamilton, so the fans are very excited to hear the news. New Jersey bettors can already take advantage of some special odds on Alonso with Unibet: +2.000 for Fernando Alonso to win a race in 2021, and +500 for Fernando to finish at least two races on podium.

His partner will be the soon-to-be 24 years old French driver Esteban Ocon, who hasn’t yet to win a race in 58 entries, since the first one in 2016. Alonso will replace Daniel Ricciardo, who will move to McLaren from 2021.

But what was Fernando Alonso up to, since retiring from Formula 1 at the end of 2018? He won the Le Mans 24 Hours for a second time, and also the FIA World Endurance Championship, both with Toyota. The Spaniard competed even at the Dakar Rally, where he finished 13th.

Now he is returning to the greatest show in auto racing, where he is one of the legends.

And here is why: He is the third driver with the most starts (311), behind Barichello (322) and Raikkonen (313), but the Finnish is still racing. He is sixth in terms of races won, with 32 – that is more than Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell, Niki Lauda or even Juan Manuel Fangio – and also sixth when it comes to podiums (97, more than Ayrton Senna).

In 2003, he broke a record which stood for over half of century, being the youngest driver to win a race, and currently is one of the four drivers with more than 200 races finished in the points. Alonso finished a total 245 races, only Raikkonen has more (251).

He was also the youngest driver to win a title, in 2005, just four years after his debut. To have an idea of how long Alonso is in the race: In 2001, when he entered the competition, Mika Hakkinen and Jean Alesi were still racing.

Alonso will find a Formula 1 world more or less different than his golden years, but he will have his say with his huge experience. Renault is also looking back at those golden years.

After leaving Renault, the Spaniard finished three times second behind champion Sebastian Vettel, between 2010 and 2014, while competing for Ferrari. Then, he moved to McLaren before saying goodbye to the competition. The time at McLaren was quite a tough one for him, without a victory or even a podium finish.

In fact, his last win was more than seven years ago, when he wasn’t even 32 years old, in Spain’s Barcelona circuit. So we will witness a hungry Alonso wanting to taste a bit of the glory from 15 years ago. And the same does Renault, who sees in the Spaniard their way back to the podium.

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