Fernando Alonso To Test For Renault In Abu Dhabi

Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso

Renault DP World F1 Team today confirms Guanyu Zhou and Fernando Alonso will drive in the one-day post-season test held at the Yas Marina Circuit on Tuesday 15 December.

Test Driver Zhou and Alonso will get behind the wheel of the Renault R.S.20 cars that have contested the 2020 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Guanyu Zhou (image courtesy Renault F1 Team)

Shanghai-born Zhou currently sits eighth in the 2020 FIA Formula 2 Championship with one win and five podiums to his name. The 21-year-old has completed five days of F1 testing in 2020, with runs in the R.S.18 car in Budapest, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi, the latter of which were alongside Fernando, who returns to the sport in 2021 after a two-year hiatus.

Cyril Abiteboul, Team Principal, Renault DP World F1 Team: “We would like to thank the FIA and F1 for their acceptance of our test plans, made in recognition of our commitment to young drivers throughout junior motorsport and to Fernando’s own dedication to furthering the careers of young talents.

Fernando
Fernando Alonso (image courtesy Renault F1 Team)

“Zhou has experienced the benefit of the Renault Sport Academy, having joined its ranks last year. He has worked hard and made a genuine contribution to the performance of the team through his work in the simulator and test programme. I am delighted he can drive the R.S.20 to complement his journey so far.

“For Fernando this will be the next step in his return. He has worked tirelessly to make sure he is as ready as he possibly can be for 2021. He wants to contribute fully – not just to the team, but to the fans and the sport he has missed in the past two years.”

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