22nd Sep 2020 @ 1:26 pm

Spain’s greatest motorsport driver, Fernando Alonso, will return to Formula 1 next season. The 38-year-old will partner Frenchman Esteban Ocon at Renault following the announcement of Daniel Ricciardo’s departure for McLaren.

First published in Gazette Life, September 1st 2020.

Alonso won the F1 Drivers’ Championship with Renault twice in 2005 and 2006 and his return after two years of retirement will be eagerly received in Spain, where the workingclass lad from Oviedo remains one of the country’s most popular sporting heroes.

Nevertheless, he will have his work cut out. Alonso has not been on a podium since 2014 and the Renault team have not ended up on the podium for almost 10 years.