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Fernando Alonso

personalia

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

statistics

32 (10.3%)
97 (31.3%)
22 (7.1%)
2 (11.8%)
1st
17
310
309
1899 (6.1 points per race avg)
16653
1767 (10.6%)
22 (7.1%)
58 (18.7%)
2001 Australian Grand Prix
2018 Japanese 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

The McLaren driver will walk away from F1 for 2019 after a top-flight career that started with Minardi in 2001, but he insists he's enjoying what could be his final races in the category. "Every race now, from the moment I decided to stop, is just a celebration," said Alonso of how he is approaching his final races. "I can't wait to go to Austin now and see the place again, drive around in ...

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Leclerc was left fuming at Suzuka on Sunday when he damaged his front wing in a collision with Magnussen as they battled for position early in the race. The Sauber driver had been tucked into Magnussen's slipstream down the start-finish straight, and as he moved to the inside to try to pass, the Haas came across right in front of him. Although the F1 stewards clearly had no choice but to ...

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Hamilton dominates again, closes on fifth title Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 celebrates with the team and the champagne Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images Sunday’s race was a stroll for Hamilton, despite some early engine issues that proved to be nothing to worry about. He moved to the brink of the 2018 title by claiming victory as Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel clashed ... ...

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Alonso was given a five-second penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage after he was sent onto the grass by Lance Stroll's Williams as the duo braked for the final chicane early in the race. The stewards found Stroll guilty in the incident and also handed him a five-second penalty for the contact and for pushing the McLaren off track. The Spanish driver was also awarded one ... ...

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McLaren's terrible 2018 season continued with Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne only outqualifying the crashed Sauber of Marcus Ericsson ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix. Alonso said the MCL33 was not handling badly, but rather just slow as he lapped 1.8s off the pace but almost half a second clear of his teammate. "Today, the balance was good, the lap was good," he said. "I was convinced when I ... ...

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The two-time F1 champion is leaving grand prix racing at the end of 2018 but is yet to firm up his programme for next season beyond the remaining races of his World Endurance Championship superseason with Toyota. A move to IndyCar was expected to facilitate his goal of winning the Indianapolis 500 to complete the unofficial triple crown of motorsport, but that has become complicated, and ... ...

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Alonso went into qualifying with a grid penalty because of engine component changes and claimed his only intention in Q1 was to set a time within F1's 107% rule. The second part of qualifying featured zero running from the Red Bulls and Pierre Gasly's Toro Rosso because they too had grid penalties for engine changes, while the Renaults also chose not to set a time to give them 11th and 12th on ... ...

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Under current regulations, the grid order for drivers with engine penalties is decided by the order in which new elements are first used on track. Alonso, who has replaced his engine and will start from the back of the grid, will line up 16th thanks to Lando Norris - driving the Spaniard's car in FP1 - being first in the queue to leave the pits ahead of the start of the first session of the ... ...

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Both Red Bull Racing and both Scuderia Toro Rosso drivers were already known to be taking new elements, with the Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen  moving back to Renault's Spec B. The five drivers will line up in the order that the new elements were first used on track, something that triggered a rush to the end of the pitlane at the start of FP1 today. The race was won by Lando Norris ... ...

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Although Alonso and Red Bull had a war of words over the Belgian Grand Prix weekend about alleged offers for next year, Verstappen is clear that the outfit was not interested in the Spaniard. Instead, he says that part of the attraction of future teammate Pierre Gasly was the fact that the pair have had a good working relationship in the past. “Alonso was not an option, I know that ... ...

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Alonso started from 11th place at Marina Bay and went on to finish as best of the rest in seventh position, behind the Mercedes, Ferraris and Red Bulls. The result was McLaren's best since the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in April, and the first time Alonso has scored in the last three races. But the two-time champion made it clear after the race that he is not expecting a turnaround in the ... ...

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The video hinted that the two drivers might be involved in a car-swapping PR exercise of the type undertaken by Lewis Hamilton and Tony Stewart, and by Juan Pablo Montoya and Jeff Gordon. The difference on this occasion is that Alonso could in theory be available to compete at Daytona in February, even if he also commits to a full IndyCar season alongside his WEC commitments with ... ...

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In the video, Formula 1 star Alonso is playing a game on his cell phone when NASCAR ace Johnson calls him. Johnson: “Sounds like you might have some free time on your hands.” Alonso: “Yeah! Yes, nothing sorted yet. You got any good ideas?” Johnson: “Always, man. I’m always full of good ideas.” Alonso: “Plenty of good stuff to do on your side of the pond, I ... ...

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Alonso drew the ire of Kevin Magnussen earlier in the weekend by trying to pass the Dane during a crucial moment in qualifying – and then left Gasly incensed with a robust defence in the race. The Spaniard will leave F1 at the end of the season, and Gasly claimed this has impacted the two-time champion's driving, while also suggesting Alonso had a bone to pick with the Honda-powered Toro ... ...

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Alonso pulled into the pits on the ninth lap at Monza after his electronics shut down while he was running in 10th position. It was the Spaniard's sixth retirement of the season, with five of those caused by reliability issues. "I think it's a shame because sometimes we were in the points, like we were in this grand prix, and the reliability of the team seems to have made a step backwards ... ...

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Alonso and Haas driver Kevin Magnussen had a bizarre incident on their final flying laps in the second part of Italian Grand Prix qualifying on Saturday when Alonso tried to overtake Magnussen into the Rettifilo chicane at the start of the lap. Magnussen had passed Alonso just before the Parabolica, and though they did not collide it did ruin both their laps and led Alonso to say: "There are ... ...

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Alonso tried to pass Magnussen round the outside into the first chicane on the final lap in Q2, but the pair ended up scrapping for position and ruining each other's laps as they both missed out on a Q3 berth. The two-time champion laughed off the encounter on team radio, and aimed derisive comments at Magnussen after the session – with the Haas driver now firing back. “I don't care to ... ...

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The pair got in each other's way in the final moments of the second segment, as Alonso got a run on Magnussen on the start-finish straight and attempted to overtake the Dane around the outside into the Rettifilo chicane. He was ahead entering the first part of the chicane, but Magnussen did not yield position – and both drivers' laps were compromised as Alonso ran out wide exiting the ... ...

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As revealed by Motorsport.com, McLaren and IndyCar are currently working together on a plan for the F1 team to join the American series next year. Following Alonso's announcement that he would retire from F1 at the end of 2018, Alonso was linked with a test drive of a 2018 IndyCar - which the Spaniard admitted was an option. The team has now confirmed that Alonso will drive in a test which ... ...

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The Spaniard's car was heavily damaged in the start accident at Spa, where Nico Hulkenberg crashed into him and launched him over Charles Leclerc's Sauber. As a result, McLaren is short on spares of the latest parts used by Alonso. There are also still doubts about whether his Renault engine survived the accident, and a call will be made after it runs on track on Friday. "I think it's a ... ...

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But he admits an investigation will be required in order to determine the role it played. After the accident, the halo and cockpit side of the Sauber showed clear signs of the impact with one of the McLaren's tyres after Alonso was sent flying over Leclerc. "We've already had a cursory examination of the parts, of course," said Whiting when asked by Motorsport.com what role the halo ... ...

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Alonso's car was pitched into the back of and over the top of Charles Leclerc's Sauber after Hulkenberg hit him from behind when the Renault driver missed his braking point for the La Source hairpin. In an incident that reminded many people of the start crash that earned a race ban for Romain Grosjean in 2012, Alonso said he was baffled by what Hulkenberg did. "Yet again a very big-time ... ...

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The build-up to this weekend’s Belgian GP has featured a bizarre tit-for-tat as Alonso said Red Bull approached him to replace Renault-bound Daniel Ricciardo’s in 2019. Alonso claims to have turned down “four or five” offers, including one from Red Bull, to stick with his decision to quit F1 at the end of this year. Red Bull insists it has not approached him since 2007. “I had ... ...

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Alonso, leaving Formula 1 at the end of 2018, said that he has had two offers from Red Bull in 2018, including one this month to replace Daniel Ricciardo. The team, however, denied that was the case. Alonso expressed his frustration at the criticism he says has been levelled at him by the Red Bull management, and claimed he had offers from the team six times. "I had a couple of offers ... ...

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