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How Renault plans to manage the "new" Alonso

Fernando Alonso returns to Renault hoping to repeat past successes, but team boss Cyril Abiteboul knows managing those expectations will be the key to a long and fruitful partnership

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hile Renault hopes newly-signed Formula 1 returnee Fernando Alonso can bring the speed and experience to can aid it's push towards the front of the grid by 2022, the French car manufacturer is equally aware that his return to the team for the first time since 2009 brings its own challenges too.

Opinion is already pretty divided among fans on whether Renault has done the right thing in opting for experience over youth by plumping for 38-year-old Alonso - who will be 39 when the 2021 season starts - but also there is little doubt that the pressure is now really on it to deliver a car worthy of the two-time world champion's undoubted talent.

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