Fernando Alonso returns - not for the first time this century - an old world champion in Formula 1. The Spaniard hopes to be able to do another trick at Renault, especially by the new regulations in 2022. Former driver Robert Doornbos understands his choice, but has sporting doubts.
"I think F1 is very happy with it. The FOM (Formula One Management, ed.) Will certainly have helped with this comeback. It's a good story for Renault, but they don't have a competitive car. Then you can bring in a big name, but the money you spend on him might be better spent on your car, "Doornbos told NU.nl on Wednesday.
Alonso also drove for the French racing stable between 2003 and 2006 and in 2008 and 2009. The Spaniard crowned world champion in 2005 and 2006 and won seventeen races in the service of Renault. After retiring from McLaren at the end of 2018, Alonso turned to other racing classes.
Doornbos: "From a commercial point of view it is super fun that an old world champion returns. Only I always say: you had your chance. He was a great driver and did fantastic things, but he is 38. I think it is also it's time for new talent. That's why I've seen my doubts in sport. "
Fernando Alonso became world champion twice in Formula 1. (Photo: Pro Shots)
"Next year, Renault will not be much faster"
Alonso will at least be the teammate of Esteban Ocon at Renault next season, but the Spaniard will most likely also drive in Formula 1 a year later. In 2022, new rules will be introduced to narrow the differences between the teams, making the sport more exciting.
"He could indeed take advantage of the new rules, which should reduce the differences in 2022. That is why I understand his choice," said the analyst at Ziggo Sport . "He probably said: I will do it for two years or I will not. Because next year the car will not be much faster than this year."
"But in 2022 McLaren can also be at the top again. That is the nice thing about the new regulations. With all the luck in the world, Renault may have managed the car so that it can participate in the top three in 2022. That is secretly perhaps his dream come true, although he has of course experienced the most beautiful things. "
Fernando Alonso retired from Formula 1 as a McLaren driver in 2018 (Photo: Pro Shots)
"There have been few successful comebacks"
According to Doornbos, we should not immediately expect miracles from Alonso at Renault. "He can't make the difference under the line either. You saw that with Michael Schumacher (the seven-time world champion returned to F1 in 2010 in Mercedes, but without great success, ed.)."
"If the car does not go, it will not go with an Alonso behind the wheel. It will not suddenly go a second faster. Alonso has a lot of experience and that is very valuable, because the cars are testing less and less", continues the former Formula 1 driver.
"On the other hand, Formula 1 is developing very quickly. If you have been out like it for two years, the question is what you have to add. You don't have to doubt his talent and accelerate. he will also have knowledge, but there have been few successful comebacks. "
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