The Spaniard has fully immersed himself with preparations for his grand prix return in 2021 for Renault, having agreed a deal to replace Daniel Ricciardo.
He has already conducted a number of simulator sessions and completed a filming day run, limited to just 100 kilometres, in Renault’s current challenger at Barcelona in Spain earlier this month. He is also set to join the team trackside at Imola this weekend.
While Renault is pushing for Alonso to be allowed to join the post season rookie test at Abu Dhabi, it is also looking at what other opportunities there can be for him to get up to speed.
On Friday, Renault announced that Alonso would join a two-day test it has planned for Bahrain.
It tweeted: “Next step in Fernando’s Back to F1 journey; a two-day R.S.18 test in Bahrain next week! 4-5 November, stay tuned.”
The test for Alonso comes with Renault already testing this week with members of its young driver academy.
Christian Lundgaard, Oscar Piastri and Guanyu Zhou are splitting driving duties over the four day run at Bahrain that goes on until November 2.
It was therefore logical that, with there being no restrictions on how much running a team can do with a 2018 car, Renault would extend its presence at the track.
Fernando Alonso, Renault F1 Team R.S.20