Alpine F1 Team announced on Thursday that two-time Formula 1 World Champion, Fernando Alonso, will line up alongside Esteban Ocon for a second season as a contract extension has been signed.
Together, Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon (24), who claimed his maiden Formula One victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix earlier this month, will continue to represent the French car manufacturer at the pinnacle of motorsport.
In that regard, Laurent Rossi, CEO, Alpine, commented: “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.”
Rossi added: “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.
“I am convinced we can benefit strongly from Fernando’s insight and experience as we enter the final development and optimization phase of the 2022 chassis and power unit.”
Next season, Formula One will introduce technical regulations changes - including the aerodynamics package, that will impact the sport from 2022 onwards.
Speaking about the new deal, the 40-year-old driver, said: “I’m very happy to confirm the contract extension with Alpine F1 Team into 2022.
“I felt at home the moment I returned to this team and have been welcomed back with open arms. It is a pleasure to work again with some of the brightest minds in our sport at Enstone and Viry-Chatillon.”
Furthermore, Alonso highlighted: “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.
“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.”
The Spaniard captured his first FIA Formula 1 world championship in 2005, earning a second title the following year, both with Renault.
As of today, he records 32 victories, 97 podiums, 22 pole positions, and 322 race starts.
Alonso returned to F1 in 2021 after a two-year hiatus.
During those years away from the single-seater series, the Spanish driver ventured into other racing categories, such as the famous Dakar Rally with Toyota and Indy Car, contesting twice the legendary race Indianapolis 500 with Arrow McLaren SP.
He would win the 24 Hours of Le Mans on consecutive occasions (2018 and 2019) driving for Toyota Gazoo Racing at the wheel of the TS050, sharing driver duties with teammates Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima in the LMP1 category.
“I am looking forward to the rest of this year and racing alongside Esteban in 2022 for Alpine,” Alonso concluded.
Formula One resumes this weekend at Spa-Francorchamps, with the Belgian Grand Prix, the 12th round of a 23-race season.