The Formula 1 community is waiting to see Fernando Alonso making his comeback next season. The Spaniard is set to reunite with his championship-winning constructor, Renault, as the team rebrand themselves as Alpine.
Alonso won his 2 championships with Renault back in 2005 and 2006. He is making his comeback as Daniel Ricciardo is making a move to McLaren. Meanwhile, Alonso’s former rival predicts the possible outcome of this comeback.
Pedro de la Rosa, former Spanish F1 driver, and Alonso’s rival reckons that the comeback could be worth it. He said, “He loves F1, Alonso is back, the boss of 2021 is back. These last few years away from the sport have made him appreciate F1.
“His return is going to be very positive for F1 in general, not just for him. He can win the World Championship again. [He has created] an excitement around the sport – it all used to be a bit sad before Alonso appeared.”
Pedro de la Rosa raced in 107 Grand Prix races. The former Grand Prix winner is convinced that Alonso will make a big impact during his new stint with Alpine. He is also excited about fellow Spaniard on the grid, Carlos Sainz.
De la Rosa said, “It is imaginable and it would be a dream to be on a podium with Carlos Sainz. What do I settle for? I have nothing in terms of a specific position.
“It would be nice to get on the podium. To make some podiums and taste the champagne again would be fantastic.”
Fernando Alonso has been deeply involved with Renault all year and completed testing. He can’t wait to get back on the grid and has been preparing to take the grid by storm. At 39, the Spaniard is one of the most experienced drivers on the grid.
Do you believe Alonso can find his way to the podium again or even clinch the championship before retiring?