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McLaren have set the stage for Fernando Alonso’s F1 encore | Giles Richards

Spaniard returns to his old team, initially with only mentoring duties, as he continues his pursuit of the triple crown

The irrepressible Fernando Alonso’s farewell to Formula One at the end of last season may not have been the final curtain.

McLaren are testing in Barcelona and they revealed on Wednesday that the 37-year-old will now be an ambassador for the team and test their F1 cars over the next two years. Having the two-times world champion in their set-up is a boon while they rebuild with two far less experienced drivers but crucially it also ensures the Spaniard remains at the heart of McLaren and keeps his hand in should he make a return to F1 in 2021.

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