Fernando Alonso will stay with Alpine for the 2022 season alongside Estaban Ocon after the team activated the option in Alonso’s contract to stay for another year. Alonso impressed many after a two-year sabbatical to finish fourth in Hungary.
Hungary was not the only instance of the Spaniard displaying his racecraft as Alonso had excellent displays during both Azerbaijan GP and British GP, in addition to aiding in the development of both 2021 and 2022 cars, prompting Alpine to retain the F1 veteran.
“We are very pleased to confirm Fernando for next season, partnering with Esteban. For us, it is a perfect driver line-up, amongst the strongest on the grid. It works in a hugely complementary way, with both offering raw talent and speed, yet impeccable team spirit that delivered our first win in Hungary,” Laurent Rossi, Alpine CEO, said.
“Fernando has impressed us all since he returned to the sport at the beginning of this year. His dedication, teamwork, and focus to extract the maximum from the team is incredible to be a part of and certainly special to witness.
“For now, however, we need to focus on delivering a strong second half of the year, extract the maximum at every race and ensure we finish as high up in the constructors’ standings as possible. This will put us in a golden position for next year and the significant opportunity it brings.”
From the driver’s perspective, Alonso confirmed the contract extension, stating that he was welcomed back to what was formerly Renault, the team with whom he had won his World Championships, with open arms.
Alonso impressed many this year with his sense of teamwork and attitude towards adapting to the car, the former being evident during Alpine’s maiden win at Hungary with Estaban Ocon.
“It is a pleasure to work again with some of the brightest minds in our sport at Enstone and Viry-Châtillon. It’s been a tricky season for everyone, but we’ve shown progress as a team and the result in Hungary serves as a good example of this progression,” Alonso added.
“We’re targeting more positive memories for the rest of this season but also crucially from next year onwards with the new regulation changes coming into Formula 1. I have been a big supporter of the need for a level playing field and change in the sport and the 2022 season will be a great opportunity for that. I am looking forward to the rest of this year and racing alongside Esteban in 2022 for Alpine.”