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Fernando Alonso

personalia

Spanish
29 July 1981 (37)
Colin Davis (29 July 1933)

statistics

32 (10.5%)
97 (31.8%)
22 (7.2%)
2 (11.8%)
1st
17
305
304
1893 (6.2 points per race avg)
16479
1767 (10.7%)
22 (7.2%)
57 (18.7%)
2001 Australian Grand Prix
2018 Hungarian 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.


source: Wikipedia

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

Alonso revealed on Tuesday that he will leave F1 at the end of the year but stopped short of calling it a retirement from grand prix racing.  The 2005 and 2006 champion, who has won 32 grands prix, was labelled a “legend” and an “F1 great” by his team boss Zak Brown in McLaren’s announcement of Alonso’s decision.  However, 1979 champion Scheckter told BBC Radio 5Live: “I ... ...

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The two-time world champion revealed on Tuesday that he will not be racing in F1 next season, but stopped short of declaring it a retirement. He paid tribute to McLaren, who he rejoined in 2015 but has failed to compete for a podium due to a dismal three-year spell with Honda and McLaren's own struggles this year since switching to Renault. Alonso suggested a McLaren revival could facilitate ... ...

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Fernando, who turned 37 in July, is competing in his 17th F1 season, his fifth with McLaren, and has amassed 32 wins, 22 pole positions and 97 podiums to date. Beyond his two titles – in 2005 he became the then-youngest world champion in F1 history – Fernando has been championship runner-up three times. Zak Brown, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Racing, said: “Fernando is not only an ... ...

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The McLaren driver announced his decision on Tuesday, mid-way through F1's summer break. "After 17 wonderful years in this amazing sport, it's time for me to make a change and move on. I have enjoyed every single minute of those incredible seasons and I cannot thank enough the people who have contributed to make them all so special," Alonso said. "There are still several grands prix to go ... ...

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Vandoorne scored a point when he made his F1 debut with McLaren as a stand-in for Alonso in the 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix, then stepped up to a full-time drive in 2017 in place of Jenson Button. However, the GP2 champion and Formula Renault 3.5 runner-up has struggled to make an impact in F1 since, and has eight points in his sophomore campaign compared to Alonso’s 44. “I wouldn't say ... ...

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Ricciardo, who has been part of Red Bull's senior F1 team since 2014, stunned the organisation last week by sealing a surprise move to the factory Renault outfit for next year. His decision has left a coveted, top-tier F1 seat vacant, and this has led to suggestions Red Bull could offer two-time champion Alonso a route back to the sharp end of the grid – as the Spaniard has been mired in the ... ...

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Sainz grew up watching two-time world champion Alonso, who is weighing up whether to continue in F1 after this season. They have been linked as possible teammates next season, with Alonso understood to be keen on McLaren bringing Sainz into the fold. In the build-up to the Hungarian Grand Prix before the summer break, Sainz – who has since been called an attractive option by McLaren – ... ...

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Alonso initially indicated over McLaren team radio that Grosjean's Haas illegally overtook when Grosjean snuck past Alonso at the VSC restart on lap seven of 70."Grosjean passed me under the safety car. I was right on the delta [minimum time limit] so I don't know," Alonso reported.The stewards ultimately did not investigate Grosjean's move and after the race Alonso admitted Grosjean ...

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The Spaniard's intense conversation with his team about which tyre to pick for the final minutes of Q2 in Hungary were picked out on the international television feed, as he expressed frustration about a tyre call.But Alonso said he was far from happy that FOM had again picked out what he felt was a conversation that every driver would be having with their team."The FOM is quite ...

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McLaren admitted during the British Grand Prix weekend the MCL33 has less downforce than its 2017 F1 car, and the team has been using recent Friday practice sessions to try experimental parts and trace the problem.Alonso says McLaren now understands why its 2018 car is so compromised, but the fixes will take too long to implement so instead it will invest "70% of the knowledge and ...

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Vandoorne was the slowest qualifier at Hockenheim for this weekend’s German Grand Prix, following on form a a forgettable race last time out at Silverstone.While McLaren believes the data shows Vandoorne’s car is suffering from a loss of performance compared to Alonso’s, it has yet to find the specific cause of the problems.Alonso joked that Vandoorne will “always be a little bit ...

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Vandoorne, who is yet to outqualify Alonso in 2018, has been well off his teammate's pace in the past two grand prix weekends.The Belgian said his MCL33 was "undriveable" at Silverstone and endured his "worst Friday" at Hockenheim, before finishing dead last in the first segment of German Grand Prix qualifying.Alonso, who will line up 11th on the grid at Hockenheim, has now backed ...

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Following a very difficult weekend in Britain two weeks ago, Vandoorne continued to struggle with his car at Hockenheim.He was slowest in both the morning and afternoon sessions, over half a second behind teammate Fernando Alonso.Vandoorne admitted he was at a loss to explain why he could not get the car to work as he wants."The worst Friday of my career," said Vandoorne ...

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Haas driver Magnussen has drawn the ire of Alonso on several occasions in his F1 career, and the Spaniard was incensed with the Dane's driving in two separate sessions of the British Grand Prix weekend.He admonished Magnussen for "very dangerous driving" after a run-in FP1 and accused the Haas man of forcing him off the track in the race, telling his team: "What I see from Magnussen I ...

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With F1's owners Liberty Media considering ripping up the current points structure that rewards down to 10th spot, Alonso fears that automatic scoring would take away the hero moments that come when underdogs finish well.Read Also:How a points revolution would change F1 ...

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Vandoorne is yet to outqualify Alonso in 10 attempts this year, and in Q1 at Silverstone the gap between the pair was the biggest it's been all year.The Belgian was nine tenths slower than his teammate in the first segment, and had to do with 17th on the grid.Alonso, who wound up 13th, reckoned his qualifying performance was "without a doubt" his best in 2018.“Today was reall ...

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The Spaniard, who has started from the top 10 three times this season, qualified in 13th position, his best performance of the last four races.With the downforce and power demands of the Silverstone circuit highlighting the McLaren car's deficits, Alonso believes Saturday's showing was undoubtedly the best of 2018.Asked by Spanish TV if his qualifying performance had been on the ...

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Since last season, the FIA has clamped down on exhaust blowing and monkey seats, impacting an area in which McLaren had found some advantage.It is understood that has been one of the major issues that the team has faced with the MCL33.Team boss Zak Brown admitted  on Thursday that the 2018 chassis does not have as much downforce as its predecessor, which in effect means that the team ...

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Earlier on Thursday, McLaren team principal Zak Brown saaid that Alonso "is definitely one of the leaders in the team" and that he had been consulted about the team's plans.The new role for his 2017 Indy 500 advisor Gil de Ferran and a promotion for Andrea Stella – who moved from Ferrari at the same time as the Spaniard – have led to suggestions that the Spaniard has played a ...

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The McLaren driver, who had qualified in 13th position at the Red Bull Ring, has had a different spec front wing fitted following yesterday's qualifying.Alonso broke his front wing at the end of Q2, when he ran over the yellow kerbs at the penultimate corner that have caused damage to several cars this weekend.When asked after qualifying if he had enough front wings, he said: "For me ...

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The new component, which Renault believes offers both improved reliability and performance, has been fitted to the works Formula 1 cars of Carlos Sainz and Nico Hulkenberg, and the McLaren of Stoffel Vandoorne. In each case it’s the second example of the season, so there are no grid penalties.However, Red Bull has elected not to use the new spec as both Max Verstappen and Daniel ...

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Fernando Alonso has won two Formula 1 titles, so perhaps it is a little odd to suggest that another driver still craving world championship success should try to avoid ending up like him. The trouble with Alonso is that in the wider story of his career, the champion narrative has been replaced by one that reads 'what could have been'.This is the fate Daniel Ricciardo risks if he rolls ...

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Just 15 months ago, Stoffel Vandoorne was a bright Formula 1 rookie star, about to embark on his first full season at McLaren. But today, he's the most anonymous driver on the grid thanks to a combination of Fernando Alonso's headline-grabbing antics and McLaren's struggles.Yet the only driver to have been outqualified by his team-mate every weekend so far this season, who has only ...

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In its worst weekend of a disappointing campaign so far, McLaren lost both cars in Q1 at Paul Ricard - with Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne starting 16th and 17th - and then spent the race near the back of the field.Alonso was on course to finish last following a spin and a failed strategy when he stopped with a late suspension problem, while Vandoorne could only manage ...

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Alonso ultimately pitted from the back of the field on the final lap with a rear suspension problem.He had taken on new tyres during the first-lap safety car in a bid to run to the end but made little progress and returned to the back after stopping for ultrasofts in a fruitless attempt to set the fastest race lap.Early in the race, Alonso's engineer Will Joseph was heard over team ...

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