Fernando Alonso extends Formula 1 return to 2022 season with Alpine as confirmed contract – .

Fernando Alonso extends Formula 1 return to 2022 season with Alpine as confirmed contract – .

Fernando Alonso will extend his illustrious Formula 1 career until 2022 after Alpine takes the option of his contract for next season.

The two-time world champion, who turned 40 in July, returned to the grid this year with the former Renault team after an absence of two seasons and showed increasingly impressive form until the summer break.

Confirmation that Alonso will continue alongside Esteban Ocon at Alpine for next year was eagerly awaited and means his F1 career will stretch beyond 20 years, with the Spaniard making his debut at age 19 in 2001.

“I am very happy to confirm the extension of the contract with Alpine F1 Team until 2022,” said Alonso, who won his two world titles in 2005-2006 with the same team based in Enstone.

Fernando Alonso with CEO of Alpine Laurent Rossi (L).

“I felt at home as soon as I returned to this team and I was welcomed with open arms. It is a pleasure to work again with some of the brightest minds in our sport at Enstone and Viry-Châtillon.

“It has been a difficult season for everyone, but we have shown progress as a team and the result in Hungary is a good example of that progress.

“We are aiming for more positive memories for the rest of this season, but also crucially from next year with the new regulatory changes coming to Formula 1. I have been a big supporter of the need for rules. fair play and change in sport and the 2022 season will be a great opportunity for that.

“I look forward to the rest of this year and to racing alongside Esteban in 2022 for Alpine. “

Ocon, the shock winner of the last race in Hungary, signed a new three-year contract to stay with Enstone’s squad in June.

Laurent Rossi, CEO of Alpine, said: “For us, it’s a perfect team of drivers, among the strongest on the grid. She works in a hugely complementary fashion, offering both raw talent and speed, but the impeccable team spirit that made our first win possible. in Hungary. “

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After four disappointing seasons at McLaren after leaving Ferrari at the end of 2014, Alonso moved away from sports altogether three years ago to compete in a range of motorsport disciplines including sports cars and rally raid. He won the World Endurance Championship with Toyota in 2019, a campaign that included back-to-back wins at the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans.

But the allure of a return to F1 eventually proved too strong and last summer he signed to return to the Renault squad for which he had already raced twice earlier in the first half of his season. career (2003-2006 and 2008-2009).

Recognizing that it would take time for him to get back on track and get back into the squad, Alonso was first outclassed by Ocon, 24, but then turned things around. It was the Frenchman who took the team’s first surprise victory as Alpine in Hungary, but Alonso still took fourth place and helped his teammate triumph by delaying Lewis Hamilton in charge of 10. turns.

Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton face off in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton face off in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton face off in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Alpine is fifth in the Constructors’ Championship, but is hopeful that radically different design rules for 2021 are in place, even if they come out of midfield next season.

“Fernando has impressed us all since he returned to the sport earlier this year,” added Rossi. “His dedication, teamwork and focus on getting the most out of the team is amazing and certainly special to see.

“His performance in Hungary was another example of his racing pedigree and reminded everyone how competent he is. I have no doubts that we can benefit greatly from Fernando’s insight and experience as we enter the final stages of development and optimization of the 2022 chassis and powertrain. He is just as hungry for success as we are and does everything to translate it into performance. “


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