Double Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso will return to the sport next year with Renault.
Alonso, 39, left F1 at the end of 2018 but always kept the door open for a potential return. He will return to the team for whom he won his two titles in 2005 and 2006.
“It’s a great source of pride and with an immense emotion I’m returning to the team that gave me my chance at the start of my career,” said Alonso.
He added that Renault’s “progress this winter gives credibility to the objectives for the 2022 season and I will share all my racing experience with everyone from the engineers to the mechanics and my team-mates.
“The team wants and has the means to get back on the podium, as do I.
Principal and Managing Director for Renault F1 team Cyril Abiteboul said: “The signing of Fernando Alonso is part of Groupe Renault’s plan to continue its commitment to F1 and to return to the top of the field.
“His presence in our team is a formidable asset on the sporting level but also for the brand to which he is very attached.”
He has signed for at least two years, with options for him to continue beyond that. Alonso will partner the Frenchman Esteban Ocon, as a replacement for Daniel Ricciardo, who is moving to McLaren.