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Fernando Alonso

Alpine F1
Nationality esp Spanish
Birthplace Oviedo, Spain
Date of birth 29/07/1981 (39 yr.)
F1 debute 2001, Australia

F1 season 2021

WC Position 9
Races
WC points 0
Victories
Podiums
Pole positions

F1 career

World titles 2
WC points 1899
Races 312
Victories 32
Podium places 97
Pole positions 22

After two years out of the sport, Fernando Alonso returns to Formula 1 with Alpine - formerly Renault - for 2021. The two-time World Champion is widely regarded as one of the most complete drivers in the world, and the French team will be hoping his experience helps push them further up the grid after a fifth-place finish in 2020.

Biography of Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso

Born in Oviedo, Spain, Alonso would start karting at the age of seven and won several titles including a world championship, he would also develop an affinity for the number 14 around this time and use it towards the latter half of his F1 career when the regulations asked drivers to choose permanent numbers.

Alonso would then win the 1999 Euro-Open Nissan Spanish championship and finished 4th in the 2000 F3000 championship racing for Minardi sponsored team Astromega. His performances would earn him a drive with Minardi for the 2001 season. Despite the team’s uncompetitiveness, Alonso would impress many in the paddock especially with his qualifying performances and in 2002 he was Renault’s official test and reserve driver.

Despite spending a year out of a race seat. Alonso would sign on as Renault’s race driver for 2003 and he would go on to achieve the first pole position and win for his career during that year. He would finish fourth overall in 2004 achieving four more podiums in a year that was dominated by Ferrari.

Championship Years

Things would change in 2005 when due to the ensuing tire war between Michelin and Bridgestone, Renault and Alonso would find themselves embroiled in a title fight with McLaren and Finn Kimi Raikkonen. While the Raikkonen-McLaren were quicker in terms of outright pace, they were also significantly less reliable. In the end, Alonso would take the title comfortably despite both drivers having seven wins each.

Alonso would double his tally in 2006 when he beat Michael Schumacher and Ferrari, becoming the sport’s youngest double world champion at the time. At the start of 2006, it was announced that Alonso would be departing Renault for McLaren as the Spaniard sought to win a hat-trick of titles.

Fallout with McLaren and Lewis Hamilton

The 2007 season was a turbulent year for both Alonso and McLaren. While Alonso was hired to be the team’s lead driver, a British rookie named Lewis Hamilton was making history in the sister car scoring a series of podiums and establishing himself as a serious title contender. Things boiled over at the Hungarian Grand Prix that year when Alonso delayed Hamilton during qualifying by standing still in his pit box, ensuring that the Briton would not be able to set a lap time. The lowest point for both team and driver was the Spy-Gate scandal which saw McLaren being fined $100 million and getting thrown out of the constructor’s championship. Despite winning four races, Alonso would depart McLaren in acrimonious circumstances.

Failed Missions and Ferrari and McLaren

After spending two years at Renault, winning a further two races, Alonso would join Ferrari in what was at the time one of the most anticipated partnerships in the sport. Unfortunately for him, this period coincided with the dominance of Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel, and despite driving the wheels of an inferior Ferrari especially in 2010 and 2012, Alonso would not add to his tally of world titles.

He would return to McLaren for a disastrous second stint, heavily criticizing the Honda engine that was now powering the McLaren cars a switch to Renault engines would bring with it a marginal improvement in terms of performance but the Spaniard would ultimately leave the sport at the conclusion of the 2018 season.

Return to Renault

In the summer of 2019, it became apparent that Alonso was not done with Formula 1 just yet, and in 2020 with the departure of Daniel Ricciardo from the Renault team, it was announced that Alonso would partner with Esteban Ocon in the re-branded Alpine team for 2021.

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