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Fernando Alonso

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Fernando Alonso

Spanish Formula One racing driver and a two-time World Champion who is currently racing for Scuderia Ferrari add

Category: Auto racing

Born in 1981.

Countries: United Kingdom (21%), Italy (11%), (11%)

Main connections: McLaren, Formula One, Kimi Raikkonen

Linked to: Scuderia Ferrari, McLaren, Minardi, Formula One Group




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Fernando Alonso was born in 1981 add something


Alonso won four Spanish championships back-to-back in the junior category, between 1993 and 1996 and the Junior World Cup in 1996 add something


Hungarian Grand Prix - Other notable occasions in Budapest include first Grand Prix wins for Damon Hill in 1993, Fernando Alonso , the first Grand Prix winner from Spain, who became the youngest ever driver to win a GP, Jenson Button in an incident-packed race in 2006 and Heikki Kovalainen in 2008, the latter of whom was the 100th Grand Prix winner


He won three consecutive karting championships in Spain from 1994 to 1997, and he became world karting champion in 1996 add something


In 1998, he moved to England near the area to the University of Oxford add something


Former Minardi F1 driver Adrián Campos gave Alonso his first test in a race car in October 1998 add something


Campos signed Alonso to race for him in the 1999 Spanish Euro Open MoviStar by Nissan series add something


He dropped out in 2000 as his commitment to motor racing prevented him from further studying add something


This design is an original design helmet from when Alonso joined Minardi in the 2001 season, with the difference that he wore a blue color with dark blue shades, and gradually changed to light blue and finally blue typical Asturias in 2004 add something


It was reported in September 2001 by some of the European press that Sauber were looking to replace outgoing Kimi Räikkönen with Alonso although he was facing competition for the seat from Felipe Massa and Jaguar test driver André Lotterer add something


Australian Grand Prix - Other prominent names to debut in Melbourne are two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso and one-time champions Kimi Räikkönen and Lewis Hamilton ; former Australian F1 driver, Mark Webber, made his debut there in 2002


A month later it was confirmed that Massa was going to take the vacant Sauber seat for 2002 add something


Alonso became test driver for Renault in 2002 and did 1,642 laps of testing that year add something


Alonso's fans are recognized by the light blue and yellow Asturias flags which are coincidentally the same colors used by the Mild Seven Renault team between 2002 and 2006 add something


Briatore considered promoting Alonso for 2002, in place of his race driver Jenson Button, but instead chose to take Alonso on as Renault test driver for 2002 add something


In 2003 Briatore dropped Button and put Alonso in the second seat alongside Jarno Trulli add something


Jarno Trulli - Regardless of Button's improved pace that season, it was Trulli who stayed at Renault for 2003 to partner promoted test-driver Fernando Alonso


Spanish Grand Prix - Since 2003 the race has been well attended thanks to success of Fernando Alonso


Jacques Villeneuve - With the cars so much faster than in 2003, he found it difficult to adapt, and with an up and coming Fernando Alonso as team-mate his task was made all the more difficult


Toyota Racing - It was late during the 2004 season, and Trulli was dropped from Renault's race line-up despite matching his team-mate Fernando Alonso, and replaced by Jacques Villeneuve


In 2005 his success fuelled an increase in interest in Formula One in Spain add something


In 2005, he was awarded with the Sports Prince of Asturias Award add something


Since winning his first world championship in 2005, Alonso became an ambassor of the University of Oxford, to promote the new field of study of Motorsport of Business for Social Science financing 12 students from all parts of the world add something


Trulli's relationship with the team deteriorated to the extent that he signed for Toyota from 2005 onwards, and he was replaced for the final three races of the season by former world champion Jacques Villeneuve add something


On 25 September 2005, a huge party began in Alonso's home town of Oviedo when he became the country's first Formula One World Champion and the youngest in the sport's history at the time add something


On 25 September 2005, he won the Formula One World Driver's Championship title at the age of 24 years and 58 days, at the time making him the youngest Formula One World Drivers' Champion add something


On 19 December 2005, Alonso announced that he would be moving to McLaren for 2007 add something


Giancarlo Fisichella - His strong performances prompted former Benetton-Renault team boss Flavio Briatore to re-sign him for the 2005 season as partner to the young Spanish driver Fernando Alonso


Lotus F1 - In both 2005 and 2006, Fernando Alonso won the drivers' championship with the team, and the team won the constructors' championship


Giancarlo Fisichella - The difference in pace between Fisichella and Alonso was noticeable, and while Alonso's metronomic consistency helped him win the 2005 championship, Fisichella's general bad luck was to cost him points finishes


Mecachrome - The relationship remains unchanged, with Renault responsible for design and Mecachrome assembly; this relationship helped Renault win a constructors' and driver's F1 championship "double-double" in 2005-2006 with Fernando Alonso


Jackie Stewart - Until September 2005, when Fernando Alonso in a Renault became champion, he was the only driver to have won the championship driving for a French marque and, as Alonso's Renault was built in the UK, Stewart remains the only driver to win the world championship in a French-built car


Formula One - Schumacher's championship streak ended on 25 September 2005 when Renault driver Fernando Alonso became Formula One's youngest champion at that time


Ron Dennis - In December 2005, McLaren announced a title sponsorship deal with Vodafone estimated to be worth £500 million and the signing of World Champion Fernando Alonso, both to begin in 2007


Alonso owned a house in Mont-sur-Rolle, near Lake Geneva from 2006 to 2010, and in February 2010 he moved house to Lugano in order to be closer to his new Formula One employer Ferrari add something


Starting the 2006 season, Alonso changed the style of color design on his helmet add something


They lived in Oxford , England until they moved their residence to Switzerland in 2006 add something


Alonso married Raquel del Rosario, lead singer of Spanish pop band , on 17 November 2006 add something


However, on 15 December 2006, Alonso was allowed by Flavio Briatore and the Renault F1 Team to test for one day for McLaren at Jerez, as a result of his successes with Renault add something


His contract with Renault was set to expire on 31 December 2006 add something


Japanese Grand Prix - At the 2006 event Schumacher led until an engine failure virtually ended his chances of an eighth championship, which went to Spaniard Fernando Alonso


Juan Pablo Montoya - Montoya started his 2006 season learning that the 2005 F1 Champion Fernando Alonso had been contracted by McLaren-Mercedes for the 2007 season


Giancarlo Fisichella - Some strong results in the second half of the 2006 season, including finishing ahead of Alonso at the US Grand Prix, enabled Fisichella to obtain his best ever results: Fourth in the World Drivers' Championship with 72 points, one win, and five podium finishes


Sao Paulo (state) - The Spanish driver Fernando Alonso won the 2006 drivers championship at this circuit by coming second in the race


Heikki Kovalainen - Renault's lead driver Fernando Alonso had signed for McLaren for the season, and Renault elected to promote Kovalainen in his place, which they confirmed on 6 September 2006


The design is turned upside down again when he moved to McLaren in 2007 add something


Alonso debuted with the new McLaren car on 15 January 2007, in the streets of Valencia add something


On 8 April 2007 in his second race for the team, Alonso secured his first win for McLaren, and the team's first since 2005, by leading the majority of the add something


In the May 2007 issue of "F1 Racing", Alonso said that the 2005 Brazilian Grand Prix was his greatest race add something


On 7 August 2007 "The Times" reported that McLaren would let Alonso leave the team at the end of the season if he wished, two years earlier than his contract allowed add something


On 2 November 2007, after a turbulent year with McLaren, it was announced that McLaren and Alonso had mutually agreed to terminate his contract and that he would be free to join any team for 2008 without paying McLaren any compensation add something


On 10 December 2007, Alonso signed a two-year contract to drive for Renault alongside Brazilian driver Nelson Piquet, Jr. for around £25 million add something


Gary Paffett - After the departure of Kimi Räikkönen to Ferrari, it was speculated that he may have been in contention for a 2007 race seat in the team alongside World Champion Fernando Alonso


Heikki Kovalainen - At the end of the 2007 season Fernando Alonso returned to Renault, and Kovalainen was left with offers from Toyota and McLaren


Mercedes-Benz C-Class - During the 2007 sedan launch, Mercedes-Benz started the 'C-for Yourself' campaign developed by BBDO France, featuring online campaign with a new 360-degree soft configurator, a host and interactive films; A 30-/40-second television commercial with new Formula 1 world champion race car driver Fernando Alonso as brand ambassador


Giancarlo Fisichella - In 2007 Giancarlo Fisichella became Renault's lead driver after the departure of Fernando Alonso


Oxford Brookes University - In 2007, Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso sponsored 12 Spanish postgraduate students to study for an MSc in motorsport engineering or in race engine design within the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at the university


Ross Brawn - Towards the end of 2007 it was reported that Brawn was to join the big-spending Red Bull outfit as part of a package intended to attract double world champion Fernando Alonso, but it was announced on 12 November 2007 that Brawn was to become the new team principal of Honda F1


Williams F1 - Rosberg was confirmed as staying with Williams until the end of on 9 December 2007, ending speculation that he could take Fernando Alonso's vacated seat at McLaren


Renault in Formula One - It was announced on 10 December 2007 that Fernando Alonso had signed with Renault F1 for


Alonso was linked with several teams for the 2008 season after his split with McLaren add something


For 2008, Alonso switched back to one of his previous helmet designs, the yellow-blue coupled with a slight outward surrounding white helmet add something


In 2008, Alonso denied the "out clause" rumour add something


Though his contract is said to have been signed as early as July 2008, Alonso confirmed only having a Summer-2009 agreement with Ferrari for a start, which was later changed to 2010 add something


Japanese Grand Prix - In 2008, the first corner brought troubles for the McLarens and the Ferraris, and Fernando Alonso was able to take win in a Renault


Nelson Piquet, Jr. - The 2008 season saw Piquet promoted to the Renault Formula One race team to drive alongside returning double World Champion Fernando Alonso


Renault in Formula One - The team started 2008 in a similar manner as the year before; Fernando Alonso managed to garner fourth at the opening Australian Grand Prix as a result of a mistake from previous Renault employee Heikki Kovalainen


Giancarlo Fisichella - With Renault signing Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet, Jr. Fisichella was announced as the number one driver alongside Adrian Sutil for the Force India F1 team for the season on 10 January 2008


However, this was his and Renault's only podium of 2009, a year after the Crashgate saga add something


The design he used in the 2009 season was replacing the blue to a bright red helmet at the top and the bottom add something


In September 2009, after being dropped by Renault, Piquet said that the crash had been intentional and had been requested by Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds add something


Scuderia Ferrari - In 2009 Ferrari announced that Felipe Massa would continue to partner Fernando Alonso until at least the end of the 2012 season


Flavio Briatore - At the time, Piquet Jr. described the crash as a simple mistake; however, shortly after his acrimonious departure from Renault and criticism of Briatore nearly a year later in August 2009, allegations surfaced that he had deliberately crashed to help Renault team mate Fernando Alonso, who went on to win the race


Nelson Piquet, Jr. - In August 2009 after Piquet Jr. left the Renault F1 team, allegations surfaced that Piquet Jr. had deliberately crashed his car at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, in order to benefit team-mate Fernando Alonso who went on to win the race


Renault in Formula One - Renault had been suspended for one race due to the incident involving Fernando Alonso's wheel not being fitted properly in the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix, however this has been overturned on appeal following a decision from the FIA on 17 August 2009


Alonso took Ferrari's first pole since the Singapore Grand Prix of 2010 at the next round hosted at the historic Silverstone circuit in Great Britain, just edging out Red Bull driver, Mark Webber in a severely rain hit session add something


For 2010, Alonso returned to the traditional color scheme which is a combination of blue shades of the Asturias and Spanish flag add something


However Ferrari president Luca Cordero di Montezemolo stated that Massa's seat in the team was secure and would stay that way until the end of his contract in 2010 add something


Räikkönen was given a two-year contract extension to partner Massa until the end of 2010, essentially closing the door on Alonso for a possible move to Ferrari add something


Renault in Formula One - After his first podium of the year in Singapore, Fernando Alonso confirmed that he would be leaving Renault, moving to Scuderia Ferrari starting in 2010 and ending in 2012


Ferrari - As of 2010 Fernando Alonso has started racing for Ferrari after racing for Renault, Minardi and Mclaren, filling Kimi Räikkönen's former seat


Alonso finished third in the putting him into the lead of the Drivers' Championship this season ahead of Sebastian Vettel, the 2011 champion, and Vettel's team-mate at Red Bull, Mark Webber, who won at Monaco add something


Alonso hinted at running a cycling team in the 2011 edition of the Tour de France with Alberto Contador leading the team add something


Alonso introduced a special helmet during the 2011 season with a background gold helmet that was used in the Monaco Grand Prix and the Singapore Grand Prix add something


Alonso's helmet design scheme he used in the 2011 season add something


Having signed a contract extension during the 2011 season, Alonso remains with Ferrari for the 2012 season add something


They announced their intention to divorce in December 2011 add something


Italian Grand Prix - Vettel won in 2011, after a spectacular pass at the Curva Grande, passing Fernando Alonso on the outside of the big, long curve


At the next round at Silverstone, Alonso took Ferrari's first pole since 2010, edging out Red Bull driver Mark Webber in a rain-hit session add something


Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - His main championship rival Fernando Alonso finished 2nd behind the Finnish driver Kimi Räikkönen, who won for the first time after his return to Formula One earlier in 2012


Stefano Domenicali - Then came the 2012 season, which saw Fernando Alonso just missing out on the title, despite having a largely uncompetitive car


Robert Kubica - In August 2012, Kubica's friend Fernando Alonso suggested that any return from Kubica would be 'uncertain'


In September 2013, Alonso announded his intentions to rescue the insolvent cycling team, buying their UCI World Tour licence with the intention of forming a Spanish professional cycling team using many of its existing riders add something


Red Bull Racing - In Australia, the first race of the season, Vettel placed the new RB9 on pole position but struggled in the race finishing in 3rd place behind title rivals of 2012, Kimi Räikkönen and Fernando Alonso whilst team mate Webber finished in sixth place


Pirelli - In October 2013 Fernando Alonso complained that "the quality of the tyres is very on the limit", and that they "will not do 5km"


A new rule for the 2014 season was that the drivers picked a unique car number they would use for the rest of their F1 career add something


In October 2014, it was reported that Alonso would be leaving Ferrari at the end of the season to join McLaren-Honda add something


In November 2014 Alonso and Scuderia Ferrari announced that the 2014 Formula One season would be his last with the Scuderia and that he will be driving else where from 2015, Alonso's 2015 drive has yet to be announced add something


In December 2014 it was announced that Alonso would return to McLaren for the first time since on what has been reported to be a two-year deal with an option for extension add something


Paolo Bettini - He left this role in 2014 to work with Fernando Alonso on his new cycling team in preparation for its launch in 2015


Kimi Raikkonen - On the week following the race, it was announced that Räikkönen would not continue with Lotus for the 2014 season, and instead join Fernando Alonso at Ferrari


Kevin Magnussen - On 11 December 2014, however, it was announced Fernando Alonso would be returning to & McLaren to partner Button, leaving Magnussen to be a test and reserve driver for McLaren


Alonso still plans to create a cycling team for the 2015 season add something


Kevin Magnussen - On 3 March 2015, McLaren announced that Magnussen would replace Fernando Alonso in the Australian Grand Prix


Stoffel Vandoorne - On 31 March 2016, it was announced Vandoorne would be replacing regular driver Fernando Alonso at the Bahrain Grand Prix after the Spaniard was ruled unfit to drive following a major accident in the previous round


Johnny Herbert - On 2 April 2016 he suggested that Fernando Alonso should retire from F1, after which Alonso hit back at him during a live broadcast by suggesting that Herbert "is now a commentator, because he is not a world champion"


Alonso was partnered with Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne for the 2017 season add something


In 2017, Alonso will skip the Monaco Grand Prix to compete in the Indianapolis 500, driving for Andretti Autosport in a McLaren-branded car add something


On 3 May 2017 Alonso took place for the first time behind the wheel of an IndyCar and his first running on an oval during a private test arranged by McLaren, Honda and Andretti Autosport add something


On 19 October 2017, McLaren announced that Fernando Alonso had re-signed for 2018 onward add something


On 17 November 2017 it was confirmed that Alonso will participate in the FIA World Endurance Championship rookie test in Bahrain on Sunday 19 November, for Toyota Gazoo Racing add something


Jenson Button - However it was confirmed on 14th April that Button will replace Fernando Alonso for the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix, after Alonso decided to compete in the Indy 500 which is run on the same weekend in May. The appearance is expected to be a one-off and Alonso will return to partner Stoffel Vandoorne for the subsequent races


McLaren - On 12 April 2017, McLaren revealed they will participate in the 2017 Indianapolis 500 with their current Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso at the wheel of a Honda powered Andretti Autosport IndyCar


For the 2018 24 Hours of Daytona Alonso used a design similar to the Indianapolis 500 and United States Grand Prix, using a white background instead of black and without the stripes across the front add something


On 30 January 2018 McLaren confirmed it will allow Alonso to compete in upcoming rounds of the World Endurance Championship, including this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans, after reaching agreement with both Alonso and Toyota Gazoo Racing add something


On 14 August 2018, Alonso announced that he would not race in Formula One in 2019 add something


On 10 November 2018 is was announced that McLaren Racing will contest the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500, on Sunday 26 May 2019, with Alonso at the wheel add something


On November 26, 2018, Alonso participated in a motorsports cultural exchange with seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson at Bahrain International Circuit, where both drivers compared their respective race cars add something


On 27 November 2018 it was announced that Alonso would race in the 2019 24 Hours of Daytona for Wayne Taylor Racing add something


McLaren - McLaren have announced that Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne will remain with the team for the 2018 season


Monaco Grand Prix - In 2018, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso criticized Monaco GP as the "most boring race" due to limited opportunities of overtaking


McLaren - On 14 August 2018, Fernando Alonso announced he would not compete in Formula One in 2019, ending his four-year spell at the team


McLaren - On 10 November 2018, McLaren announced that they would participate in the 2019 Indianapolis 500 with Fernando Alonso again at the wheel


Jimmie Johnson - On November 26, 2018, Johnson participated in a motorsports cultural exchange with two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso at Bahrain International Circuit, where both drivers compared their respective race cars


In May 2019 it was announced that after he completes the 2018-19 superseason, Alonso will not continue in the WEC for the 2019-20 season in order to leave himself free to take up other opportunities add something


In June 2019 McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl stated the team had no more Formula 1 runs planned for Alonso and that they will be focus on their current drivers add something