Fernando Alonso says he’s available to help Renault with “whatever they need” on Formula 1 racing weekends this year as he accelerates preparations for his return in 2021.
Two-time world champion Alonso will return to F1 next year with Renault after a two-year absence, marking his third stint with the Enstone team.
Alonso’s attention turned to his return to F1 after his last appearance at the Indianapolis 500 in August, with the Spaniard making his first visit to the Renault factory this week.
Alonso underwent a seat assembly at Enstone for the RS20 car – which the team hopes to give him during the year-end test in Abu Dhabi – and also completed a full day in the simulator.
Speaking in a video interview released by Renault after his visit, Alonso said he would be on hand to help the team on race weekends until the end of the 2020 season.
Alonso also plans to continue running in the simulator and hopes to attend a few races on site to get used to the team’s operations.
“The goal for me until next year is to follow what the team needs from me a bit,” said Alonso.
“There are going to be a few days of simulation here at the factory, to prepare for next year and somehow help on the weekends this year.
“I guess I’ll come to a few races just to follow the team’s trail and understand the philosophy of the weekend.
“Abu Dhabi will probably be a must see, and I hope I can come to Imola. It is close to my home in Switzerland.
“I will be available for the team for whatever they need.”
Alonso will partner Esteban Ocon at Renault next year, replacing McLaren-linked Daniel Ricciardo, and has signed a two-year contract.
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Alonso previously raced for Renault from 2002-06 and 2008-09, winning both his world championships in his first stint with the French marque.
But he has noted a number of changes to Enstone since his last visit over a decade ago as he refreshed himself.
“The last time here for me, the simulator didn’t exist, so it’s a good first touch,” Alonso said.
“[I then had a] adjustment of seats, meetings with key people of the team, just to review a little the program for next year and the preparation, to get up to speed on my side.
“When you visit the facilities after so many years, you are always discovering new things. The simulator is new, the wind tunnel is updated, some things are the same, some offices, the gym that I used to go to a lot.
“There are always things that are better in a factory and at a site, and I think the team is in good shape for the future.”