Driver reaction to Fernando Alonso’s 2021 F1 comeback

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Driver reaction on the Styrian Grand Prix on Thursday to Renault’s announcement that Spain’s double international champion Fernando Alonso can be returning to the game with them subsequent season on the age of 39 after two years out.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes’ six instances international champion and Alonso’s former McLaren group mate: “I’ve no doubts that Fernando can be in great shape. The bonus for me is that I was the second oldest (driver) and now I’m going down to third oldest.

“Ultimately, the more top drivers we have the better it is for the sport.

Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes driver and winner of season-opening race in Austria: “It’s good to see him back. He’s obviously won championships and he’s quite a big name in the sport. It’s important to have all the top drivers, the best drivers in the world.”

George Russell, Williams motive force:

“I was quite pleased about it because Formula One is about having the best of the best drivers. Fernando is absolutely one of the best. There’s arguments that people feel like he is depriving younger drivers of an opportunity. But I think as things currently stand it makes complete sense for Renault and for Fernando. I think he’ll come back and do a great job.”

Daniel Ricciardo, Renault motive force: “It’s going to be great obviously for the sport. He’s such a name in the sport and has been for so many years. To return with the team and the brand that got him his titles I think is a good fit. And I’m excited to race against him again.”

Esteban Ocon, Renault motive force: “He’s very motivated. I had him on the text yesterday or before yesterday and he’s very keen to come back.”

Kimi Raikkonen, 40-year-old Alfa Romeo motive force and 2007 international champion: “It’s good news for Formula One and obviously for him. We’ll see how that works out for both of them.”

Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo motive force: “A driver like him is a champion so it’s always nice to see a champion in Formula One. A really good thing for Formula One in general.”

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