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F1 news: Fernando Alonso to Renault, legend open to return, Daniel Ricciardo replacement

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Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso says he is looking for a challenge “at the top level” and is not ruling out a return to Formula One, amid increasing speculation he could sign for Renault.

“I’m in great physical shape and my motivation is sky high, so I wanted to focus on a top-level category, be it the return to F1, the endurance championship, Indycar…” Alonso said in a video call with students at the Real Madrid Graduate School-Universidad Europea.

Alonso, who won his two world titles with Renault in 2005 and 2006, quit Formula One at the end of the 2018 season.

The Spaniard is a two-time winner of the Le Mans 24 Hour endurance event and finished 13th in his Dakar Rally debut in January. He also plans to race at this year’s Indianapolis 500.

“It was when I was searching for challenges and options for the coming years that I decided to opt for the Dakar adventure,” Alonso said.

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Supercars 2021: Bathurst 1000, Nick Percat opens up on career, Brad Jones Racing, news

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In the early years of his career, Nick Percat went from winning Bathurst on his first attempt in 2011 – the first rookie in 30 years to do so – to winning the Australian Formula Ford championship and breaking Steven Richards’ record for most race wins.

It hasn’t all been smooth sailing since then, with the veteran facing a turbulent journey with mixed results.

Talking to FoxSports.com.au, the 32-year-old opens up on the decision to re-sign with Brad Jones Racing, what the future of Supercars could look like, and that disqualification from the 2020 Bathurst 1000.

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Do you think that signing on for another two years took a lot of pressure off you throughout the season, and let you just focus on the racing? How important was that for you?

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V8 Supercars news 2021, David Reynolds, Kelly Grove Racing, new livery, Penrite Oil, latest

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David Reynolds will drive for the newly-named Kelly Grove Racing this season after leaving Erebus at the end of last year.

The Bathurst winner will switch to a Ford Mustang for the first time and drive the number 26 car, with Erebus’ former sponsor Penrite following him to the team formerly known as Kelly Racing.

He will team up with young gun Andre Heimgartner as Kelly Grove Racing released the first images of its new livery for the upcoming season.

Reynolds’ former engineer Alistair McVean is also reuniting with him at his new team as the team prepares for round one of the Supercars championship at Bathurst.

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F1 2021 News: Daniel Ricciardo, Testing, Lando Norris, driver line-up, McLaren, homework

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Daniel Ricciardo is set to be put under an intense pre-season with McLaren giving their star recruit “homework” to make sure he has a fast start to life at his new team.

While typically drivers are given time to get familiar with their surroundings, testing has been reduced to three days in 2021.

As such, McLaren have a key objective to make the most of the pre-season time with Ricciardo, setting a clear goal for the Aussie superstar.

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Daniel Ricciardo has joined McLaren. (Photo by Mark Sutton - Pool/Getty Images)
Daniel Ricciardo has joined McLaren. (Photo by Mark Sutton – Pool/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

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