• Fernando Alonso will return to F1 in 2021.
• The Spanish driver will race for the Renault team on a multi-year contract.
• Alonso's former team mate, Felipe Massa, believes Alonso could struggle to be competitive again.
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Fernando Alonso's return to Formula 1 could be as unsuccessful as that of his former championship rival and Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher.
That is the warning of former F1 driver Felipe Massa, who is uniquely positioned to comment given that he served as both Schumacher and Alonso's team mate at Ferrari.
The 39-year-old Brazilian told AS newspaper: "Fernando is a phenomenon with a talent that is rarely seen among drivers. However, it must be remembered that he is coming to a team that is not in the top positions and he has been out of F1 for two years. We can't hide that it could have a negative effect, as happened to Michael.
"He (Schumacher) was out for three years and did not return to his earlier level. Age is a factor - Fernando will be 40-years-old and will be fighting 20-25 year old. Age is a problem, but it must also be recognised that Alonso is such a talent and can do well. Certainly for F1 it is positive that he comes back."