Alonso warm­ing up for Re­nault re­turn

Daily Express - - RUGBY LEAGUE: SUPER LEAGUE - By Si­mon Cass

DOU­BLE world cham­pion Fer­nando Alonso has made his For­mula One come­back in a pri­vate test for Re­nault. The 39- year- old Spa­niard, left, who will re­turn to the sport on a full- time ba­sis for the French team next sea­son, com­pleted 21 laps at Barcelona’s Cir­cuit de Catalunya yes­ter­day. He has been out of F1 since walk­ing away from McLaren at the end of 2018.

Tues­day’s ap­pear­ance marked his first in a grand prix car since a test for McLaren in Bahrain in the spring of 2019.

Alonso said: “It felt amaz­ing to be able to drive these cars after two years and feel the speed again, how ev­ery­thing comes so fast, cor­ner after cor­ner, the per­for­mance un­der brak­ing and all the things a For­mula One car has to of­fer.

“The car was a nice sur­prise. I felt the grip and there is cer­tainly good po­ten­tial in it.”

Alonso’s test for Re­nault came just 48 hours after Daniel Ric­cia­rdo se­cured his first podium for the team at the Eifel Grand Prix last Sun­day. Aus­tralian Ric­cia­rdo is de­part­ing for McLaren at the end of the cam­paign.

It will be Alonso’s third stint with Re­nault, the team with whom he won both his ti­tles in 2005 and 2006. “I felt at home from day one,” he said.

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