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What Fernando Alonso’s return really means for F1 and Renault

At 39, Alonso will be one of the oldest drivers on the grid, but has title-winning experience and the kind of winning mentality Renault will hope can invigorate its F1 programme in the next two years. Read Also:Fernando Alonso signs with Renault F1 team for 2021 seasonAlonso: Renault gives me chance to "return to highest level"Renault not planning 2020...

Renault "very serious" about F1 academy despite Alonso call-up

Renault Sport Academy members Guanyu Zhou and Christian Lundgaard are both racing in F2 this year, and Abiteboul confirmed that the original plan was to potentially promote one of them as early as 2021.However he insisted that the late start to the season and thus the loss of the opportunity to judge their progress contributed to the decision to go...

Mercedes admits no quick fix for "complex" gearbox issues

A combination of electrical interference within its systems, allied to the vibrations caused by running over kerbs at the Red Bull Ring, left the team running the risk of gearbox failures in last weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix.The team has admitted that the problems are inherent to the current configuration that the W11 runs in and, despite having staff...

Hamilton “grateful” to F1 drivers who took a knee

Hamilton says that the impetus for a gesture before the race came from F1’s ‘End Racism’ campaign, and from GPDA directors Sebastian Vettel and Romain Grosjean, who led a discussion on the subject in a meeting on Friday evening.A key decision was to separate the anti-racism gesture, which was carried out on the startline, from the national anthem ceremony,...

Renault not planning 2020 F1 practice running for Alonso

Renault announced on Wednesday that two-time F1 world champion Alonso would be returning to the team next year, ending a two-season break from the sport for the Spaniard.Alonso made his last grand prix appearance at the end of 2018 with McLaren, and has since focused on events outside of F1 in IndyCar, WEC and the Dakar Rally.Alonso’s most recent F1...

Ricciardo “not devastated” by early stoppage in Austria

Ricciardo was running in 10th place after 17 laps when he was called into retire, and admitted to some frustration after two safety cars and a high attrition race created opportunities for his fellow midfield runners.The Australian said the chance to have another go in the second Red Bull Ring event made retirement easier to take.“Certainly a premature...

Vettel in Formula 1 – With Alonso at Renault, where can he go in 2021?

Ferrari announced in May that it is parting ways with Sebastian Vettel after the 2020 season, six years after beginning a partnership that was supposed to replicate the kind of success the Scuderia enjoyed with Michael Schumacher at the turn of the millennium. Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto explained that Vettel had been the outfit’s “first choice”...

Alonso: Renault gives me chance to "return to highest level"

Renault announced on Wednesday that two-time F1 world champion Alonso would be returning to the team in 2021, marking his comeback to F1.Alonso won both of his world titles with Renault in 2005 and 2006, and will re-join for his third stint with the team, the most recent ending in 2009.Since leaving McLaren at the end of 2018, Alonso had long-stated...

Fernando Alonso signs with Renault F1 team for 2021 season

The Spaniard, who won his only world titles for Renault in 2005 and 2006, last raced in F1 at the end of 2018 when he decided that F1 was no longer an attractive option for him.Alonso will take the place of Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who has signed to join McLaren as replacement for the Ferrari-bound Carlos Sainz.Renault did not confirm the exact...

Why is it called the Styrian Grand Prix? Second Austrian F1 race explained

After an extended coronavirus-induced break, F1 finally returned to action last weekend with the Austrian Grand Prix.The race was hailed a success, as two safety car periods and a plethora of retirements delivered an exciting contest up and down the grid. Valtteri Bottas claimed victory for Mercedes after starting from pole position, with Ferrari driver...

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