Alonso to perform two-day test in Bahrain next week

Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso will get another chance to test Formula 1 machinery when he takes part in a two-day test with Renault in Bahrain next week, it was announced on Friday.

Returning to F1 with Renault (to be renamed Alpine) next season, Alonso previously drove the team’s 2020 car in a filming day at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya several weeks ago, and will now get a more extensive run-out in a 2018 car.

Taking place as part of a wider test for the Renault driver stable, juniors Christian Lundgaard, Guanyu Zhou and Oscar Piastri will all get time behind the wheel before the Spaniard takes over on November 4 and 5.

A two-time world champion with the team in 2005 and ’06, Alonso last raced in F1 with McLaren in the 2018 season, after which he left to pursue racing in other series.

Since his signing was announced in July, the 39-year-old has also been helping with Renault’s simulator program, and will be attending this weekend’s Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix as part of the team for the first time in his return.