Fernando Alonso Starting the 2021 F1 Season ‘Completely Ready,’ Says Ocon

Published 01/23/2021, 2:55 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Fernando Alonso poses for a picture with the Renault R25 before driving a lap Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon


The newly-rebranded Alpine team will enter the grid with Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon this season. Replacing Daniel Ricciardo in the French team, the young Spaniard is making a comeback to Formula 1 after leaving in 2018.

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As a younger teammate, Esteban Ocon has a lot to learn from his experienced, former champion teammate. The young Renault driver explained that Alonso still in shape and threatening as ever in a Formula 1 car.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – OCTOBER 25: Fernando Alonso of Spain and McLaren F1 walks in the Paddock during previews ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

He said, “Fernando is perfectly capable of starting completely ready, he has done many tests, he has a lot of experience even though he has been away for two years, he has been driving here and there always staying in shape, he still seems to be 20 years old, so he will be ready from the first moment.”

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Alonso won his two back-to-back championships with Renault, back in 2005 and 2006. He retired from F1 in 2018 and, since then, has matured and developed as a driver by participating in different motorsport racing events around the world.

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SAKHIR, BAHRAIN – APRIL 01: Fernando Alonso of Spain and McLaren Honda watches the action in the pitlane during practice for the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Ocon stated that he was in contact with Alonso for a long time and has immense respect for the Spaniard.

“He is someone I respect a lot as a pilot, with whom I have had many fights, everything is fine. My respect for him It’s massive, no doubt, but the two of them, Fernando and Michael, put the love of motoring inside me.”

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Fernando Alonso has been involved with the team since last year and has been training to prepare for his much-awaited comeback. The return of a former world champion is going to make the grid more exciting, and we hope Alonso can help Renault climb on the podium just like he did during the 2000s.

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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