The strange milestone that Alonso achieves by returning to F1 with Renault

The Asturian will drive for the third time at different times a French car, something more common at the beginning of the championship.


78 days. This is the period that has elapsed since the information bomb of the 2020 Formula 1 World Cup detonated. Ferrari announced that Sebastian Vettel would leave Maranello at the end of 2020 after failing to reach an agreement with the four-time champion to extend his link to northern Italy. An explosion that had its continuity two days later with the signing of Carlos Sainz until 2022 by the Cavallino Rampante, after McLaren had previously certified the arrival of Daniel Ricciardo from Renault.

A rushed farewell from Ricciardo, just a year after landing in Enstone, which left the diamond brand project very touched, since in the midst of the economic crisis due to the coronavirus, he needed to go to the market and find a new talented pilot, Quick, experienced and willing to lead the team that would make the parent company see that continuing in the 'Great Circus' was still a profitable investment. An arduous situation in which to try to convince Fernando Alonso, the only option that fulfilled the aforementioned characteristic, became of paramount importance for Cyril Abiteboul, who was seriously questioned in the county of Oxfordshire.

A few negotiations that were not easy for Abiteboul, since beyond the economic aspect or the role of the clothing brand Kimoa, Alonso, along with Flavio Briatore, has demanded some complex guarantees to go from fighting for Q3 and points in races in 2021 to podiums and victories in 2022 with the regulatory change that was initialed on July 8, with the official announcement of the return of the two-time champion to Renault.

A return, which beyond the sentimental value that it implies for both parties, since the Spanish won his two titles with the French manufacturer, allows Fernando to add to his extensive sports resume a somewhat strange and special milestone in current Formula 1: driving for the same team in three different stages after having previously piloted for one or more teams. A more common event from the beginning of the competition, when, for example, Chris Amon got to run for 11 different constructors.

Marcin Budkowski, Alan Permane, Remi Taffin or Pat Fry. These are some of the names that Asturian fans must write down and learn from today. It will depend on his talent and ingenuity if Fernando Alonso will be able to make his great dream come true in two years, beyond the 'Triple Crown', to win his third championship and equal Ayrton Senna in the historic classification of the World Cup. Until then, the only certainty is that beyond Fernando celebrating his 39th birthday this Wednesday, he embarks on the most difficult challenge of his career. Only time will tell if it is the right way.

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