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Successful return is to grow alongside Alpine, says Alonso

Fernando Alonso of Spain and Alpine F1 Team looks on from the grid prior to the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 28, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso considers his return to Formula 1 successful only if he grows alongside his squad Alpine.

The Spaniard returned to Formula 1 after a 2-year absence since his last outing with McLaren when the squad was by then struggling to find the pace.

He is now back with the new team Alpine (formerly Renault, and under the same ownership), but said that the expectations to fight for a championship are unrealistic. Instead, Alonso is committed to growing alongside the team, in what he described would be a “successful” partnership.

“What I want to do is test myself and try to help the team in this important moment which is the transition from Renault to Alpine, and the great future I think it has,” Alonso told Sky Sports F1.

“I’m here to help the team with the experience and knowledge I’ve gained in the past years and give impulse to the team to continue in 2022 and the future. I’ll be happy and I’ll consider it a success if we grow together, the team and me, in the next few years,” he concluded.

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