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Fernando Alonso will be ‘the first’ to benefit from regulatory change in F1 in 2022, says Pat Symonds

Fernando Alonso will be ‘the first’ to benefit from F1’s new regulations from 2022, as he ‘adapts very quickly’ to changes according to his former Renault chief Pat Symonds

  • Fernando Alonso will return to Renault with Renault from 2021
  • The two-time world champion returns to sport after two years of distance
  • The Spaniard hopes to have the most impact during the new rules coming in 2022
  • Former Renault chief Pat Symonds believes Alonso will ‘ignore’ new rules

Fernando Alonso will be the big winner when Formula 1 brings a series of new rules and regulatory changes from 2022, according to his former Renault technical chief.

The Spaniard shocked the sport earlier in July when he announced his return to F1 with a third spell with Renault starting in the 2021 season.

Alonso has signed a two-year contract with the team where he won both of his 2005 and 2006 world championships, hoping that when the grid is effectively reset by the new rules in 2022, he will be able to add a third world title at his age of 41 years old.

Fernando Alonso has signed a two-year deal to return to Formula 1 with Renault in 2021

Fernando Alonso has signed a two-year deal to return to Formula 1 with Renault in 2021

Pat Symonds claims that the reset of the rules will greatly benefit the driver he worked with at Renault between 2003 and 2006 and his second period from 2008 to 2009.

“One of the great things about Fernando is that he was very fast and very adaptable to whatever the situation was,” Symonds told the Beyond The Grid podcast.

Shrewd old Fernando Alonso will be the first to figure out how to get the best out of it [2022] car? I think the answer will be yes.

“I think he’ll soon find out what matters and what doesn’t. How to work with the engineers to fine-tune the car, how the 18-inch tires behave differently than the 13-inch – all that sort of thing. ‘

In his absence from the sport, he won the Le Mans 24-hour race with Toyota in 2019

In his absence from the sport, he won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2019 with Toyota

In his absence from the sport, he won the Le Mans 24-hour race with Toyota in 2019

Symonds is now the chief technical officer of Formula 1 and has made significant contributions to the rules and regulations that will come into effect for the 2022 season, which will see a radical change in car design with the aim of racing closer .

Initially enrolled before the start of the campaign in 2021, its introduction was delayed by a year to help teams with running costs due to the financial implications of the coronavirus outbreak.

Symonds admitted that despite the fact that Alonso missed two years of sports after leaving McLaren in 2018, he can still make the most of the machines made available to him.

“I was amused to see that he is already starting to lead the team and saying that they should forget 2021 and move on to 2022,” he added. “I think it is quite customizable and it will make the most of the 2022 car.”

The 38-year-old returns to Renault for a third stint with the team where he won the World Championship in 2005 (above) and in 2006

The 38-year-old returns to Renault for a third stint with the team where he won the World Championship in 2005 (above) and in 2006

The 38-year-old returns to Renault for a third stint with the team where he won the World Championship in 2005 (above) and in 2006

Former Renault chief Pat Symonds (right) pictured with Flavio Briatore believes Alonso will be the first driver to master the new 2022 Formula 1 rules

Former Renault chief Pat Symonds (right) pictured with Flavio Briatore believes Alonso will be the first driver to master the new 2022 Formula 1 rules

Former Renault chief Pat Symonds (right) pictured with Flavio Briatore believes Alonso will be the first driver to master the new 2022 Formula 1 rules

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