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personalia

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

statistics

32 (10.8%)
97 (32.8%)
22 (7.4%)
2 (11.8%)
1st
17
296
295
1871 (6.3 points per race avg)
15965
1767 (11.1%)
22 (7.4%)
54 (18.2%)
2001 Australian Grand Prix
2018 Chinese 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 Hungarian Grand Prix round 13 Renault
2 2005 Malaysian Grand Prix round 2 Renault
3 2005 Bahrain Grand Prix round 3 Renault
4 2005 San Marino Grand Prix round 4 Renault
5 2005 European Grand Prix round 7 Renault
6 2005 French Grand Prix round 10 Renault
7 2005 German Grand Prix round 12 Renault
8 2005 Chinese Grand Prix round 19 Renault
9 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix round 1 Renault
10 2006 Australian Grand Prix round 3 Renault
11 2006 Spanish Grand Prix round 6 Renault
12 2006 Monaco Grand Prix round 7 Renault
13 2006 British Grand Prix round 8 Renault
14 2006 Canadian Grand Prix round 9 Renault
15 2006 Japanese Grand Prix round 17 Renault
16 2007 Malaysian Grand Prix round 2 McLaren
17 2007 Monaco Grand Prix round 5 McLaren
18 2007 European Grand Prix round 10 McLaren
19 2007 Italian Grand Prix round 13 McLaren
20 2008 Singapore Grand Prix round 15 Renault
21 2008 Japanese Grand Prix round 16 Renault
22 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix round 1 Ferrari
23 2010 German Grand Prix round 11 Ferrari
24 2010 Italian Grand Prix round 14 Ferrari
25 2010 Singapore Grand Prix round 15 Ferrari
26 2010 Korean Grand Prix round 17 Ferrari
27 2011 British Grand Prix round 9 Ferrari
28 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix round 2 Ferrari
29 2012 European Grand Prix round 8 Ferrari
30 2012 German Grand Prix round 10 Ferrari
31 2013 Chinese Grand Prix round 3 Ferrari
32 2013 Spanish Grand Prix round 5 Ferrari

pole positions

# event constructor
1 2003 Malaysian Grand Prix round 2 Renault
2 2003 Hungarian Grand Prix round 13 Renault
3 2004 French Grand Prix round 10 Renault
4 2005 Malaysian Grand Prix round 2 Renault
5 2005 Bahrain Grand Prix round 3 Renault
6 2005 French Grand Prix round 10 Renault
7 2005 British Grand Prix round 11 Renault
8 2005 Brazilian Grand Prix round 17 Renault
9 2005 Chinese Grand Prix round 19 Renault
10 2006 European Grand Prix round 5 Renault
11 2006 Spanish Grand Prix round 6 Renault
12 2006 Monaco Grand Prix round 7 Renault
13 2006 British Grand Prix round 8 Renault
14 2006 Canadian Grand Prix round 9 Renault
15 2006 Chinese Grand Prix round 16 Renault
16 2007 Monaco Grand Prix round 5 McLaren
17 2007 Italian Grand Prix round 13 McLaren
18 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix round 10 Renault
19 2010 Italian Grand Prix round 14 Ferrari
20 2010 Singapore Grand Prix round 15 Ferrari
21 2012 British Grand Prix round 9 Ferrari
22 2012 German Grand Prix 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'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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Red Bull driver Ricciardo won the Shanghai race to give the Renault engine - also used by McLaren - its first victory of the season.Alonso, meanwhile, qualified 13th and finished the race in seventh place, 30 seconds behind Ricciardo.The McLaren driver conceded Sunday's result leaves McLaren with no place to hide.When asked if he was disappointed he didn't win the race, Alonso said ...

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McLaren driver Alonso was able to erase a six-second gap to Vettel in the closing stages of the race and pass the German down the inside of Turn 1 to take seventh position.Vettel had dropped down the order after his crash with Red Bull's Max Verstappen, the Ferrari showing visible damage on the right side of the floor area.Alonso conceded the pass was not a fair reflection of the ...

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The Spanish driver had admitted on Friday that it would be difficult for the team to make it into Q3, but was hoping for 11th place in order to be the top driver able to choose tyres for the race freely.Read Also:Has McLaren's biggest strength become its main weakness?While Alonso expects those starting on ultrasoft tyres to struggle quickly in the race, he conceded ...

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The Woking team has switched to Renault engines for this year after three dismal seasons powered by Honda units.McLaren has scored points with both its cars in the first two races of the year, but has failed to show the kind of pace needed to match Mercedes, Ferrari or Red Bull, which uses the same Renault engine.Racing director Eric Boullier said after the Bahrain Grand Prix that ...

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Moments after scoring Honda’s best result since it returned to F1 in 2015, on the Japanese manufacturer’s second start with Toro Rosso, Gasly thanked his team for an “unbelievable” job and declared “now we can fight”. That was a reference to Alonso saying the same thing after the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, when he finished fifth for McLaren on its first race with Renault ...

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The Woking-based team was left "astonished" on Saturday after struggling in qualifying, where Alonso finished 13th and teammate Stoffel Vandoorne was one place behind.But both drivers recovered to finish in the points on Sunday, with Alonso in seventh and Vandoorne in eighth.It is the first time McLaren has scored points in consecutive races with both cars since the 2014 season.But ...

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A lacklustre showing in qualifying, with neither the Spaniard nor teammate Stoffel Vandoorne making it through to Q3, has left the team struggling to find answers as to what went wrong.But while racing director Eric Boullier said he was "astonished" at events on Saturday – which included McLaren being outqualified by the Honda-powered Toro Rossos – Alonso said he was not shocked by ...

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The Spaniard has high hopes about the potential of the team's Renault-powered MCL33, but knows that more development work is needed if the team is to have any hopes of challenging the top three teams.And while upgrades are being worked on for the next two races, Alonso says that the rate of progress made over the next eight weeks will decide just how ambitious the team can be with its ...

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F1's owner Liberty Media is due to make a presentation to teams in Bahrain on Friday to outline its vision for how F1 should be from 2021.The sweeping changes it proposes – which will likely include a new prize money structure, a cost cap and dramatic new car and engine rules – are likely to lead to split opinions among teams.Read Also:Brawn's warning to himself on F1's new rules ...

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Alonso finished fifth in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, splitting the Red Bull duo of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen in what was McLaren's first race with Renault power.However, the result was aided by a well-timed safety car, along with tough breaks for McLaren's midfield rivals, with both Haas cars retiring while running ahead of Alonso and Renault's Carlos Sainz ...

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The incident occurred on lap 26 when the virtual safety car came out due to Romain Grosjean's Haas being stranded on track.McLaren driver Alonso was leaving the pits when Verstappen swept past on the track to claim fifth place.The Red Bull pit wall realised that Alonso had reached the yellow flag first, albeit by a tiny margin, and asked race control about the incident.Although he ...

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Alonso had been eighth in both Friday sessions ahead of McLaren's first F1 race with Renault power, among the frontrunners in the damp part of final practice, seventh in Q1 and then in the same spot early in Q2.But he was shuffled back to 11th and missed the top 10 shootout as others put in superior final laps.He insisted he was "happy where I am" and very optimistic for the race."I ...

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Alonso likened the speedy Haas to a replica of last year's Ferrari, referencing the team's technical alliance with the Scuderia and implying that it was directly related to Haas' upswing in form through testing and the early part of the first grand prix weekend of the year.Having today secured fifth on the grid, six spots clear of Alonso, Magnussen took his opportunity to hit back ...

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Alonso was knocked out in Q2 after setting the 11th fastest time, but could move up to the top 10 if Valtteri Bottas is sent to the back of the grid following his heavy crash during the final qualifying segment.The McLaren driver finished 2.5 seconds off Lewis Hamilton's pole position time, but insisted his first qualifying session with the Renault-powered MCL33 had been ...

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Romain Grosjean ended Friday practice in Melbourne sixth fastest, half a second clear of an ultra-close midfield fight headed by Alonso's McLaren in eighth.Haas has enjoyed a technical partnership with Ferrari since it entered F1 after rules regarding which components teams must design themselves were relaxed.Team boss Gunther Steiner admitted earlier this season that "we use a lot ...

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After a troubled pre-season testing campaign, McLaren is in a cautious mood heading into this weekend's Formula 1 season opener in Melbourne.But even if McLaren finds itself battling in the midfield rather than near the front this time out, Alonso is adamant that there will be a swift climb up the order over the course of 2018."This will be our lowest level," said the Spaniard. "I ...

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McLaren boss Zak Brown was running his 2011 Holden Racing Team Commodore at Aragon late last year on the same day that Alonso was testing the United Ligier LMP2 car, leading to a plan for the Formula 1 megastar to have a go in the Bathurst-winning Supercar.However, the plan came to a grinding halt late in the day when Filipe Albuquerque, who had ...

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A raging bull. The fighter pure. The ultimate competitor. The fire and fury of a double world champion who looked set to become the naturally dominant successor to Michael Schumacher.Then came Vettel and Red Bull; then came Hamilton and Mercedes. Different authors, same story: total world domination. Even fired-up Ferrari and Fernando couldn't beat that challenge - though how hard ...

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McLaren has switched to Renault engines this year after three dismal seasons with Honda, and Boullier said Alonso has been revitalised by the change.The two-time champion has scored just 82 points in the last three seasons, with a pair of fifths his best result since returning to McLaren.Boullier told Motorsport.com that "the drivers, especially Fernando, will not miss any ...

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The car that finally prised Michael Schumacher and Ferrari's five-year grip from the throat of Formula 1; the car that delivered Renault its first title as a full-blooded constructor; the car that made Fernando Alonso the youngest ever world champion; and remarkably, the first title winner since 1991 not designed by either Adrian Newey or Rory Byrne.Yet the Renault R25 that set these ...

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In an exclusive interview for the latest issue of F1 Racing magazine, on sale Thursday, Alonso reveals he thought about ending his grand prix career to try to add Indianapolis 500 and Le Mans 24 Hours victories to his two Monaco GP wins.Alonso contested the Indy 500 last year and will combine his 2018 F1 programme with a Toyota World Endurance Championship campaign that will include ...

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Teammate Stoffel Vandoorne managed only 38 laps on the first day of the second and final pre-season test on Tuesday, while Alonso was also hit by trouble on Wednesday.The two-time champion spent over six hours in the garage as the team was forced to replace the Renault engine after an oil leak, completing 57 laps.Alonso is scheduled to have his final day of testing before the ...

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Only five cars ventured out at all during the day, with Alonso completing the most laps with 11.The start of the session was delayed by three hours due to heavy snowfall overnight, which continued through the morning.While the track opened at midday, it was more than an hour before the first car appeared, with Alonso completing one lap.Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull was next to head ...

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Alonso was sidelined after just six laps of running in the morning when a wheelnut problem led to his McLaren's right-rear wheel detaching itself, sending him into the gravel.The incident seemed ironic given McLaren's expectation of a much smoother testing period following its swap to customer Renaults after three frustrating seasons with Honda - which enjoyed a ...

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