Fernando Alonso 'excited' and sure Renault can maintain F1 form

Tanya Simon
October 15, 2020

He left the sport at the end of that season, but Daniel Ricciardo's departure for McLaren next year opened the door for a return with the team he claimed his two world titles with in 2005 and 2006.

"I think the auto was a nice surprise", Alonso said on Tuesday.

Renault has such a vehicle ready to go, as it ran Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon in a two-day test in Austria before the start of the season.

Fernando Alonso was left beaming with excitement as he tested Renault's 2020 auto for the first time in Barcelona on Tuesday.

Alonso's partnership with Renault is a homecoming of sorts for the 32-time Grand Prix victor who both his world championship titles with the manufacturer. "Most important thing is to follow the trend that we see now, keep the momentum into next year, especially for 2022, and I think we know how to do it".

Fernando Alonso is not anxious about failing to get back up to speed ahead of his return from a two-year sabbatical in 2021.

With the 39-year-old double world champion's enthusiasm raised ahead of his F1 return, Abiteboul added: "The situation is obviously very positive. Returning to F1 speed isn't that easy, but every lap I did better". "After two years not driving in Formula One, I'm really looking forward to it".

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"It made it special to be back in Barcelona", he said in a team press release.

"It's going to be like a new beginning, getting surprised about the speed of the vehicle, the braking performance, the corner speed and a lot of things which will surprise me once again".

"We received a message before, during and after the race", said Abiteboul. "For me it was very special to be back in an F1 vehicle and with the team".

The 39-year-old has signed a two-year contract to return to F1 with Renault from next season, when the team will be renamed Alpine after the French auto company's performance brand.

As part of a filming day at the Spanish Grand Prix Alonso will get behind the wheel of Renault's current vehicle.

"I know I will learn and discover a lot of things during those laps".

"Fernando is like a big shark, as soon as he starts to feel the blood, he wants to attack".

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