Returning F1 Champ Fernando Alonso Hopes Sport Has Different Winners By 2022

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Photo credit: Dan Istitene - Formula 1 - Getty Images
Photo credit: Dan Istitene - Formula 1 - Getty Images

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  • Fernando Alonso, 39, returns to Formula 1 in 2021 after two seasons racing in the WEC.

  • Alonso will team with Esteban Ocon at the Alpine F1 team in 2021.

  • Alonso, who has not stood on a Formula 1 podium since 2014, hopes the sport's new budget cap and 2022 car regulations will tighten the field.

Returning two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso hopes that the sport becomes significantly better in 2022.

The two-time world champion, who has been out of Formula 1 and racing in the World Endurance Championship for Toyota for the past two years, is referring to the sweeping new regulations that have been delayed until 2022 due to the pandemic.

Alonso is back in 2021 with Alpine (previously Renault), where he will team with Esteban Ocon.

"I think the 2022 regulations will be a step in the right direction," the 39-year-old Spaniard told Italian radio Rai. "I hope it is a competition with the cars closer together, with more overtaking and less predictable results. Now, we all know more or less what the result will be before the Grand Prix starts. That takes away the excitement."

"We have a budget ceiling coming into effect from this year, so the big teams can no longer always have an advantage by spending unlimitedly. The ideas are good. We'll see if the results are good too."

Alonso is hardly on an island when it comes to drivers and former drivers who believe the sport needs major changes.

Fellow Spaniard Jaime Alguersuari, 30, who walked away from motor racing completely when he lost his Red Bull backing in 2011, said he already felt alienated from Formula 1 a decade ago.

"It has changed so much even since then," he told Radio Marca. "It is not for me. I do not understand good drivers having to pay to race, or the very high cost for the teams. The values of the sport are not what I understood."

What is the biggest problem in Formula 1 today? Is it the gap between the top two teams (Mercedes and Red Bull) and the rest of the field? Are you hopeful for 2022 (or even 2021) that things will be different? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.