It was announced in the summer that Fernando Alonso, who left Formula 1 at the end of 2018, will return in 2021, with the two-time world champion becoming the driver for Renault – more precisely Alpine – next year.

The Spanish driver originally talked about focusing on the big rule changes in 2022 with the team, but Renault has made significant progress in recent months, with Daniel Ricciardo already on the podium at the Nürburgring last weekend, so Alonso is already in next year’s results. you can trust and even trust.

The veteran’s compatriot, Carlos Sainz, who also drove at Renault in 2017 and then just replaced Alonso at McLaren, thinks the two-time champion really hit the timing:

“I honestly think Renault, i.e. the future Alpine, is doing a great job these days. They were clearly in the right direction after the difficult year of 2019, they had found the right direction of development, they were making our job at McLaren very difficult, ”he told MotorsportWeek.

“I think Fernando is coming to Renault at a very good time, which is good news for Formula One as well. It’s simply good news for everyone to be back. ”

Alonso will replace Daniel Ricciardo at Renault, while Australia will lead McLaren next year in place of Sainz, who will replace Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari.