Fernando Alonso Biography
Hailing from Oviedo in Northern Spain, Fernando Alonso is a 2-time Formula 1® World Champion and is widely considered by many to be one of the greatest drivers of all time. After early success in karting, Alonso made the move to single seaters in his late teens. It wasn’t too long before his strong performances in Formula 3000 were noticed by the F1® teams. After testing for Renault in 2000, he was called up for a race seat at Minardi in 2001. The car was poor, but Alonso did enough to show his potential to teams further up the grid.
Alonso was signed by Renault for the 2003 season, thus beginning his most successful stint in Formula 1 that culminated in back to back World Championships in 2005-2006. He returned to the team after an unhappy year at McLaren in 2007, before setting his sights on a drive with Ferrari in 2011. Alonso’s first year with the Scuderia was his most successful, with five wins on the way to a very close 2nd in the championship behind Sebastian Vettel. After narrowly missing out on the driver’s crown two more times, Alonso moved to McLaren in 2015 when the team began using Honda engines. With reliability issues and power – or lack thereof – a common occurrence, Alonso spent the last few seasons in the back half of the grid.
In 2017, Alonso also competed in the Indy 500 as a rookie driver. He performed strongly, leading the race at one point before his Honda engine broke. Alonso remains with McLaren for 2018, with the team now using Renault engines.