Fernando Alonso

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May 19, 2022

Fernando Alonso Díaz (Oviedo, July 29, 1981) Spanish Formula One World Champion 2005 and 2006, the third youngest to date (after Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton) and the only Spanish Formula One World Champion . Winner of the 2018 and 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours and the 2019 Daytona 24 Hours.

Your career

Before Formula 1

Alonso was born into a family with two children in the province of Asturias, Spain. His mother worked in a department store and his father a mechanic in an explosives factory. She has a sister, Lorena. Fernando Alonso’s father, José Luis, was an amateur go-kart racer who wanted his children to share his passion. He built a small go-kart to shape a Formula One car for his then-eight-year-old daughter, who, however, showed no interest in the sport, but the three-year-old Fernando liked go-karting and that determined his future. From then on, his father entered his son for various go-kart races in Spain, and Alonso was generally successful. He won three Spanish go-kart championships (1994, 1996, 1997), placed second at the European Go-Kart Championships and won the Junior World Go-Kart Championship in 1996. He started racing cars in the Formula Nissan Open in 1999. It was then that he met former Spanish Formula One driver Adrián Campos, who became his manager. Alonso won the championship and in 2000 continued his career in Formula One. He won a race in this series (Spa-Francorchamps) and finished fourth in the championship.

In Formula One

Debuting with Minardi - 2001

As a result of his performance, he was noticed by Benetton team boss Flavio Briatore and signed with him in December 2000. He was able to start the 2001 season as a rider on the Minardi team at just 19 years old. The Minardi was the weakest car in the field, and Alonso couldn’t score with it, but he finished training ahead of his teammate, ahead of several times stronger cars. The biggest achievement of his debut year was that he was able to gain Formula One experience in a relatively pressure-free environment.

Test driving at Renault - 2002

In 2002, his manager, Flavio Briatore, decided to join Renault he contracts Alonso as a test pilot. He was a test driver for Renault for a year and then became a driver the following year.

Return as a competitor - 2003-2004

In 2003, the Spanish rider was given the opportunity to race at Renault, where his Italian teammate Jarno Trulli was his teammate. Alonso won his first starting block at the Malaysian Grand Prix, making him the youngest pole position in Formula One history - breaking Rubens Barrichello's record. Later in the season, at the Hungarian Grand Prix, he also reaped the first race victory of his career - it was also a record: he took the title of the youngest race winner from Bruce McLaren. At the end of the season, Alonso was sixth in the World Championship points race with 55 points. (Sebastian Vettel broke his pole position record in Monza on September 13, 2008, taking over the title of youngest race winner from Alonso on Sunday). The unreliability of the RS23 engine was typical, as exemplified by the fact that four out of five outages were due to an engine failure, and at the French Grand Prix, first Alonso and then two laps later his teammate Trulli fell out due to an engine failure. He didn’t win a race in the 2004 season - but his teammate Jarno Trulli won in Monaco. In the second half of the year, however, Trulli’s performance deteriorated, eventually being fired from the team three races before the end of the season, although there were even more p