Alonso to drive for Renault in 2008

Updated: 13 December 2007 17:01 IST

Two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso has signed a one-year contract to drive for Renault next season.

Madrid:

Two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso has signed a one-year contract to drive for Renault next season.

The 26-year-old Spaniard announced his return to the French team on Monday after a turbulent season at McLaren.

At Renault, Alonso became the youngest driver in F1 history to win back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006.

Alonso had been linked with a return to Renault ever since he was released from his three-year contract with McLaren in November.

A move to the French team gained momentum on Friday when motorsports governing body FIA decided against penalizing Renault for possessing confidential information about rival team McLaren.

Alonso finished third in the 2007 drivers' standings with 109 points, though his season is better remembered by rocky relations with rookie driving partner Lewis Hamilton and a spy scandal that cost McLaren US$100 million (US$147 million) and all of its constructors championship points.

Alonso made his F1 debut with Renault in 2001. In 105 races entered, he has won 15 races and finished on the podium 49 times.

Topics : Formula 1 Renault Fernando Alonso Italian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton McLaren
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