Fernando Alonso has expressed delight on his return to ‘family team’ Renault. The racing team announced the signing of their former driver on a two year contract.
The two-time F1 champion will replace the outgoing Daniel Ricciardo who has signed for McLaren ahead of next season.
Alonso described Renault has his family, returning to the team where he won his two titles in 2005 and 2006 for the third time in his career.
“Renault is my family, my fondest memories in Formula One with my two World Championship titles, but I’m now looking ahead“, Alonso said.
“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.”
Welcoming back the Spaniard into their fold, team principal Cyril Abiteboul is banking on the 38-year-old experience to help Renault return to the top.
“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.
“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 [Ocon], his mission will be to help Renault DP World F1 Team prepare for the 2022 season in the best possible conditions.”
Alonso will be returning to the game after retiring from McLaren in 2018 citing a perceived lack of on-track racing, the predictability of a Grand Prix’s finishing order and felt discussions away from racing about the broadcast of radio transmissions and polemics harmed Formula One.