Fernando Alonso looks to be considering a return to Formula 1 after leaving McLaren and the sport in 2018. Just a year later the two time F1 champion appeared at the Abu Dhabi season closer and is open to a 2021 bid.
Alonso raced 17 seasons in the FIA series before leaving McLaren. Alonso is considered by some to be one of the best drivers in F1.
3 Championship Run
Alonso started with F1 as a test driver for Benetton before becoming the third youngest F1 driver with his debut at Minardi. Over the course of his seventeen years he has raced for Renault, McLaren, and Ferrari. He won two back to back championships in 2005 and 2006 for the Mild Seven Renault F1 Team.
2 Life Outside F1
Aside from his run in Formula 1, Alonso has made his name and way in other series. He's won the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice for Toyota Kazoo Racing and contested the Indianapolis 500 twice, earning rookie of the year the first year and failing to qualify the second. Alonso is one of two drivers currently active that have won two of the three 'triple crown' races of Monaco, Le Mans, and the Indianapolis 500. Juan Manuel Montoya is the other.
1 Welcome Back
The F1 paddock seems open to Alonso returning. From Autoweek, drivers have expressed enthusiasm for his return with some caveats. Red Bull driver Max Verstappen told reporters that unless he was to come back in a competitive car it would be a waste of time. Lewis Hamilton, 34, cheekily welcomed the older driver Alonso, 38, back in the sport but did express concern that he might be taking a promising newcomer's seat.