Fernando Alonso will test Renault’s Formula 1 car at the Barcelona circuit on Tuesday. It will be his first real encounter with the French racing team, where he will make his return next season.
Test days are scarce in Formula 1, so Renault uses the second so-called promotion day to let the two-time world champion (2005 and 2006) do lap in the RS20.
He may drive a maximum of 100 kilometres.
“Getting behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car again is a wonderful feeling. I haven’t ridden for two years, so I’m really looking forward to it. It feels like a fresh start,” said Alonso.
The 39-year-old Spaniard retired from Formula 1 at the end of 2018, after several disappointing years at McLaren. He continued in the World Championship long-distance racing and also made trips to the IndyCar and the Dakar Rally.
Last year he won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the second time in a row. He takes over from Daniel Ricciardo at Renault, who is leaving for McLaren. The Renault Formula 1 team will be called Alpine F1 Team from next season.