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Alonso set for F1 return with Renault in 2021

July 07, 2020 22:12 IST
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IMAGE: Fernando Alonso could join Frenchman Esteban Ocon and replace Australian Daniel Ricciardo. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso is set to return to Formula One with Renault in 2021, the BBC reported on Tuesday.

Alonso, who left Formula One at the end of 2018 after a final season with McLaren, won his championship titles with Renault in 2005 and 2006.

The Spaniard, 38, has made no secret of his desire to return to the Formula One grid, with the French manufacturer having a vacancy.

 

Alonso could join Frenchman Esteban Ocon and replace Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who is moving to McLaren at the end of the 2020 season.

"I don't know if he is going to join or not with us but definitely if he could come back here I’d be very happy," Ocon said last week.

Renault were not immediately available for comment.

Electric Scooter Championship set for 2021 launch

The Electric Scooter Championship (eSC), the first-ever international electric race scooter series, will stage its inaugural event in 2021 in major cities featuring specially built high-speed electric scooters, organisers said on Tuesday.

Professional eSC teams and riders will compete using purpose-built scooters capable of touching the 100kmph mark.

The series, developed to make international racing more accessible and affordable, will feature a diverse mix of participants, including motor racing drivers, cyclists, skaters, snowboarders and e-sports racers.

"As the world increasingly looks to sport for leadership in social responsibility, we're also seeing a growing requirement for conventional motorsport to adapt, develop and diversify," said Lucas di Grassi, Formula E racer and eSC Ambassador.

"The concept of a new series, operating on a global scale with professional participants, yet running with a carbon-zero footprint... is a fascinating glimpse toward a more accessible and sustainable way to go racing."

The eSC said the long-term vision was to provide an affordable transportation solution with zero emissions.

"As a racer, I want to create a series that has all the thrill and intensity of the motorsport series we all grew up with, but with the costs and responsibility that make it accessible and appealing to everyone," said Alex Wurz, former Formula One racer and eSC Safety Ambassador.

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