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Fernando Alonso

personalia

Spanish
29 July 1981 (36)
Colin Davis (29 July 1933)

statistics

32 (10.7%)
97 (32.3%)
22 (7.3%)
2 (11.8%)
1st
17
300
299
1881 (6.3 points per race avg)
16173
1767 (10.9%)
22 (7.3%)
56 (18.7%)
2001 Australian Grand Prix
2018 Canadian Grand Prix

about Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso Díaz audio (born 29 July 1981) is a Spanish Formula One racing driver and a double World Champion who is currently racing for McLaren-Honda. He is often regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers in the history of the sport. He took part in the 2017 Indianapolis 500.

Born in Oviedo, the capital of the autonomous region of Asturias, Alonso started in karting from the age of 3. He won three consecutive karting championships in Spain from 1994 to 1997, and he became world karting champion in 1996. He made his Formula One debut in the 2001 season with Minardi, and then moved to the Renault team as a test driver the next year. Starting in 2003 Alonso then became one of the main drivers of the team. On 25 September 2005, he won the Formula One World Drivers' Championship title at the age of 24 years and 58 days, at the time making him the youngest Formula One World Drivers' Champion. After retaining the title the following year, Alonso also became the youngest double Champion at the time. He joined McLaren in 2007, before returning to Renault for two seasons in 2008 and 2009.

For the 2010 season, he joined Scuderia Ferrari. Although Alonso did not reach his goal of winning a third title while at Ferrari he managed to finish runner up on three occasions (2010, 2012 and 2013) as well as winning eleven Grands Prix with the team and clearly beating his teammates for points in all five seasons. His strongest title challenges were in 2010 and 2012, finishing both seasons just adrift of title winner Sebastian Vettel. He left Ferrari at the end of the 2014 season, two years prior to the original expiry of his contract.

Nicknamed El Nano, a typical pseudonym for Fernando in Asturias, his place of birth, Alonso acts as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. Alonso also had become the youngest driver to win a pole position and Grand Prix respectively in the 2003 Malaysian Grand Prix and the 2003 Hungarian Grand Prix, before both records were broken by Sebastian Vettel in the 2008 Italian Grand Prix. With his fourth-place finish in the 2013 Japanese Grand Prix, scoring his 1,571st career point, Alonso took over the record for most championship points in his career. However, the record has once again been broken by Sebastian Vettel at the 2015 Italian Grand Prix. As of May 2017, Alonso is the only Spanish driver to have won a Formula One Grand Prix and is the driver with the sixth highest number of Grand Prix wins, with 32.


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seasons

2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018,

finishing positions

grid positions

wins

# event constructor
1 2003 Hungaroring round 13 Renault
2 2005 Sepang International Circuit round 2 Renault
3 2005 Bahrain International Circuit round 3 Renault
4 2005 Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari round 4 Renault
5 2005 Nürburgring round 7 Renault
6 2005 Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours round 10 Renault
7 2005 Hockenheimring round 12 Renault
8 2005 Shanghai International Circuit round 19 Renault
9 2006 Bahrain International Circuit round 1 Renault
10 2006 Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit round 3 Renault
11 2006 Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya round 6 Renault
12 2006 Circuit de Monaco round 7 Renault
13 2006 Silverstone Circuit round 8 Renault
14 2006 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve round 9 Renault
15 2006 Suzuka Circuit round 17 Renault
16 2007 Sepang International Circuit round 2 McLaren
17 2007 Circuit de Monaco round 5 McLaren
18 2007 Nürburgring round 10 McLaren
19 2007 Autodromo Nazionale di Monza round 13 McLaren
20 2008 Marina Bay Street Circuit round 15 Renault
21 2008 Fuji Speedway round 16 Renault
22 2010 Bahrain International Circuit round 1 Ferrari
23 2010 Hockenheimring round 11 Ferrari
24 2010 Autodromo Nazionale di Monza round 14 Ferrari
25 2010 Marina Bay Street Circuit round 15 Ferrari
26 2010 Korean International Circuit round 17 Ferrari
27 2011 Silverstone Circuit round 9 Ferrari
28 2012 Sepang International Circuit round 2 Ferrari
29 2012 Valencia Street Circuit round 8 Ferrari
30 2012 Hockenheimring round 10 Ferrari
31 2013 Shanghai International Circuit round 3 Ferrari
32 2013 Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya round 5 Ferrari

pole positions

# event constructor
1 2003 Sepang International Circuit round 2 Renault
2 2003 Hungaroring round 13 Renault
3 2004 Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours round 10 Renault
4 2005 Sepang International Circuit round 2 Renault
5 2005 Bahrain International Circuit round 3 Renault
6 2005 Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours round 10 Renault
7 2005 Silverstone Circuit round 11 Renault
8 2005 Autódromo José Carlos Pace round 17 Renault
9 2005 Shanghai International Circuit round 19 Renault
10 2006 Nürburgring round 5 Renault
11 2006 Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya round 6 Renault
12 2006 Circuit de Monaco round 7 Renault
13 2006 Silverstone Circuit round 8 Renault
14 2006 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve round 9 Renault
15 2006 Shanghai International Circuit round 16 Renault
16 2007 Circuit de Monaco round 5 McLaren
17 2007 Autodromo Nazionale di Monza round 13 McLaren
18 2009 Hungaroring round 10 Renault
19 2010 Autodromo Nazionale di Monza round 14 Ferrari
20 2010 Marina Bay Street Circuit round 15 Ferrari
21 2012 Silverstone Circuit round 9 Ferrari
22 2012 Hockenheimring round 10 Ferrari

teams & teammates

season teammate
2001 Tarso Marques
Alex Yoong
Minardi compare 2001
2003 Jarno Trulli
Renault compare 2003
2004 Jarno Trulli
Jacques Villeneuve
Renault compare 2004
2005 Giancarlo Fisichella
Renault compare 2005
2006 Giancarlo Fisichella
Renault compare 2006
2007 Lewis Hamilton
McLaren compare 2007
2008 Nelson Piquet Jr.
Renault compare 2008
2009 Nelson Piquet Jr.
Romain Grosjean
Renault compare 2009
2010 Felipe Massa
Ferrari compare 2010
2011 Felipe Massa
Ferrari compare 2011
2012 Felipe Massa
Ferrari compare 2012
2013 Felipe Massa
Ferrari compare 2013
2014 Kimi Räikkönen
Ferrari compare 2014
2015 Jenson Button
Kevin Magnussen
McLaren compare 2015
2016 Jenson Button
Stoffel Vandoorne
McLaren compare 2016
2017 Stoffel Vandoorne
Jenson Button
McLaren compare 2017
2018 Stoffel Vandoorne
McLaren compare 2018

news

The two-time world champion retired from a second successive race in Canada last weekend as McLaren's underwhelming form continued.Read Also:Why Alonso must race in IndyCar in 2019Alonso, who turns 37 next month, is seventh in the drivers' championship by virtue of some fine drives in the opening races but McLaren has not enjoyed the revival it expected since parting ...

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When Fernando Alonso's 2017 Indianapolis 500 assault was announced, he offered a very clear explanation for his desire to do it that stretched beyond simply wanting to win motorsport's 'triple crown'.Even though he stated several times that he had no intention of racing in IndyCar full-time, what he said supports the idea that he must compete there next year should McLaren's bid for a ...

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Last weekend's Canadian Grand Prix was the two-time world champion's 300th F1 race appearance, but success in recent years has been hard to come by, as he missed out on championships with Ferrari and struggled with McLaren since returning to the team in 2015.When asked in Montreal how he feels about having fewer race wins and titles than some of F1's other great drivers, Alonso said ...

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The McLaren driver has been among the most vocal critics of modern grand prix racing, especially since the beginning of the hybrid era that has been dominated by Mercedes.While Alonso - who will make his 300th grand prix appearance this weekend in Canada - insists he is not bored with F1, the Spaniard reiterated his belief that the predictability of the current races is sad.When ...

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The Belgian was lapping just outside the top 10 after starting the race on the ultrasoft tyres, running close behind Renault's Nico Hulkenberg – who would go on to finish eighth – and ahead of the charging Max Verstappen as well as the likes of Charles Leclerc, Brendon Hartley, Marcus Ericsson and Kevin Magnussen.The latter four drivers all pitted between laps 13 and 17, but Vandoorne ...

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No safety cars for the first time since 2009 meant the Monte Carlo event was mostly a processional race, with Daniel Ricciardo winning from pole despite having a car that was 25% down on power.World champion Lewis Hamilton said after the race that the event "wasn't really racing", and Alonso - who missed last year's Monaco GP while competing in the Indy 500 - said he was underwhelmed ...

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McLaren switched to Renault engines in the off-season after three miserable seasons with Honda, and Alonso said at the start of the season that the Woking-based team should be targeting the performance level of fellow Renault customer Red Bull.But while the team has become a reliable points-scorer since the switch, Red Bull has remained well out of reach – and this was particularly ...

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Alonso, who missed most of the first practice session on Thursday due to brake issues, finished FP3 down in 15th position, saying his car's handling felt "very strange".The team made several changes to the car's set-up ahead of qualifying and Alonso managed his best qualifying effort of the season with seventh position.Alonso admitted the set-up changes were a gamble and was ...

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The Spaniard expects Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull to dominate qualifying and the race, pointing to recent precedents."There are not many surprises here. It's never a place that we had a midfield team winning a race or a small team winning a race, or doing the pole position," said Alonso."There's always a lot of expectations in Monaco, but then there's a Red Bull, Mercedes or ...

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Formula 1 has a grand plan for 2021 - to cut costs, cap spending, reduce complexity and increase competition. F1's new owners wish to create a utopia of grand prix racing, with spectacular races delivering unpredictable results in front of huge numbers of fans.This is a vision Fernando Alonso surely wants to see realised too, having spent time during more than one FIA press conference ...

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The two-time Monaco winner is seventh in the 2018 championship, the leading driver behind the Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bulls.McLaren has struggled to make a major impact so far this season but Alonso said the unique demands of Monaco was an opportunity to score a big result despite knowing "the limitations of our package".He also said the first-lap crash in the Spanish GP, when ...

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McLaren introduced a substantial upgrade package for Barcelona and reached Q3 for the first time in 2018 with Alonso, who started between Kevin Magnussen's Haas and Carlos Sainz's Renault in eighth.But Alonso finished 40 seconds adrift of Magnussen's sixth-placed Haas as he took the same position in the race.Despite this, the double F1 world champion believes McLaren has now caught ...

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Leclerc got ahead of Alonso on the opening lap when the McLaren driver was delayed by Carlos Sainz at Turn 2 and then Romain Grosjean's spinning Haas at Turn 3.He kept the 2005 and 2006 F1 title winner behind for most of the opening stint until cold tyres at a virtual safety car restart left him vulnerable to an Alonso attack."It was great to fight with Fernando," said Leclerc. "In ...

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McLaren introduced what it had labelled its "real" 2018 car in Barcelona this weekend, with several upgrades that Alonso praised after Friday practice.On Saturday, the Spaniard made it into Q3 for the first time this year, qualifying eighth, albeit over 1.5 seconds off the pace of pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton.Alonso admitted the result left him with mixed feelings, happy that McLaren ...

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Alonso moves onto the second of three allowed turbos over the course of the year, with 17 grands prix remaining.McLaren's engine supplier Renault has an upgrade planned for round seven in Canada, when a change of component would have been more logical.That means Alonso could have to use third and final penalty-free turbo change for that race if it is part of a wider upgrade.Alonso ...

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The Woking-based team has introduced several new parts for the Renault-powered MCL33, including a striking new nose that has caught attention since it was seen in public for the first time on Thursday.Read Also:McLaren's striking Spanish GP upgrade in detailAlthough Alonso finished second practice down in 12th position - 1.7 seconds off the pace - the Spaniard said t ...

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McLaren F1 driver Alonso took victory on his WEC debut for Toyota at Spa last weekend and experienced the inner workings of that paddock as a competitor for the first time.F1 is often criticised for being too closed off to fans, thanks to its long-standing privileged system of access, but Alonso argues the more open system employed in WEC races could make drivers less accessible if ...

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Sirotkin was given a three-place grid penalty for a collision with Force India driver Sergio Perez on the opening lap of last month's Baku race, which is due to be served at the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend.In requesting the review, Williams has referenced not only the stewards' decision to give Sirotkin a grid penalty and two penalty points, but also one that ...

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McLaren has had a tougher than expected start to the 2018 season after admitting it missed its initial development targets.The team's racing director Eric Boullier then declared the Spanish GP, traditionally the first time teams can produce significant revisions to their 2018 challengers, as the place to see McLaren's "real" 2018 car.McLaren has downplayed its expectations for the ...

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The two-time F1 champion will make his first WEC start this weekend as part of a full superseason commitment with Toyota's LMP1 team.Alonso's Spa-Francorchamps outing will come one week after the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, with the Spanish Grand Prix following a week later.His WEC bid will include his Le Mans 24 Hours debut as part of a desire to win motorsport's Triple Crown of the ...

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On the back of his maiden Q2 appearance, Sauber rookie Leclerc spent much of a chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix running within the top 10 and eventually brought the car home in sixth for what was his team's best result since 2015.The Monegasque finished a place ahead of McLaren driver Alonso, having used fresher tyres to pass the two-time world champion down the inside of Turn 1 midway ...

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The McLaren driver was hit by the Williams of Sergey Sirotkin on the opening lap and was forced to crawl back to the pits with two punctured tyres which disintegrated as he tried to reach it.After replacing the front wing and the wheels, Alonso returned to the race and managed to recover to seventh position despite the damage to the floor of his car.Alonso said the position was the ...

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The FIA confirmed earlier this month that an agreement has been reached to raise the grand prix fuel limit to 110kg next year compared to the current 105kg mark, in order to stamp out fuel saving and allow drivers to use their engines “at full power at all times”.F1 drivers have by and large welcomed the change, but many have suggested that it is unlikely to have a tangible impact on ...

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Vandoorne's rookie F1 season coincided with McLaren's tricky final year with Honda and the Belgian struggled, particularly compared to two-time champion Alonso, who continued to impress.McLaren switched to a Renault engine supply for 2018 and although it has not been able to escape a tight midfield battle, Vandoorne has been much closer to Alonso's performance.He has qualified one ...

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Alonso's comments were prompted by questions over the current form of engine supplier Honda following the end of its troubled three-year partnership with McLaren and its subsequent switch to Toro Rosso.While McLaren, its cars now fitted with Renault engines, is ahead of Toro Rosso in the standings, the Italian outfit's fourth place in Bahrain was a better result than anything the ...

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