Two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso has confirmed his 2022 seat at the Alpine Formula 1 Team after six months into his comeback season.
The 40-year-old will partner Esteban Ocon, who signed a contract extension until 2024 earlier this year.
A ‘one-year-plus-an-optional year’ was understood to be a pre-agreed formula in Alonso’s outgoing contract, and his comeback to the motorsport after two years out.
Laurent Rossi, CEO at Alpine, said: “It (their driver line-up) works in a hugely complementary way, with both offering raw talent and speed, yet impeccable team spirit that delivered our first win in Hungary.
“Fernando has impressed us all since he returned to the sport at the beginning of this year. His dedication, teamwork and focus to extract the maximum from the team is incredible to be a part of and certainly special to witness.
“His performance in Hungary was another example of his racing pedigree and reminded everyone how skilled a driver he is.”
“I am convinced we can benefit strongly from Fernando’s insight and experience as we enter the final development and optimisation phase of the 2022 chassis and power unit,” with almost 20 years of F1 experience under the Spaniard’s name.
“He is just as hungry as we are for success and is putting in every effort to translate it to performance.
“For now, however, we need to focus on delivering a strong second half of the year, extract the maximum at every race and ensure we finish as high up in the constructors’ standings as possible.
“This will put us in a golden position for next year and the significant opportunity it brings.”
Alonso has put a series of notable performances throughout this season after a two-year hiatus, including strong getaways at the start of races, to showings of defence work during them.
These 2022 regulations were a primary motive for Alonso’s return after his WEC/Daytona 24 Hours success, his Dakar Rally debut, and the 2020 Indy 500.
Such promises as inducing a more-equal playing field are the main attraction in the hybrid era of the motorsport featuring dominance from one or two teams primarily.
The car itself promises to run closely between competitors and allow drivers to fight for positions on a more regular basis.
Alonso, and the team, aim to carry the positivity thus far so that the 2021 campaign is left on a high into the significant regulation changes next year.