Fernando Alonso “Ready to Return” to F1 Says Flavio Briatore

Fernando Alonso. Photo by Pixathlon/REX/Shutterstock (9771557v)

The 2021 Formula One season might be marked by a return of a familiar face. According to a number of recent reports, Spanish racing driver Fernando Alonso is considering an F1 return next year.

The news was also confirmed by former Renault manager Flavio Briatore, who told Gazzetta Dello Sport on Monday that Alonso is “motivated” and ready to drive in F1 once again.

“Fernando is motivated,” said Briatore. “A year out of Formula One has done him good. He has detoxed himself, and I see him more serene and ready to return.”

Alonso decided to retire from F1 in 2018 after he failed to reach a single podium finish in four years with McLaren. He then went to compete in other racing competitions, including 24 Hours of Le Mans, IndyCar Series, and Dakar Rally.

If Fernando Alonso indeed decides to return to Formula One, his most likely destination would be Renault. The team recently lost their No.1 driver Daniel Ricciardo, who decided to sign with McLaren.

This would be a return to familiar surroundings for Alonso, as he had his biggest success with Renault. Alonso was part of Renault for seven years in two different stints and managed to win consecutive championships in 2005 and 2006. He later went to Ferrari but failed to have the same amount of success.