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Fernando Alonso Diaz

Nationality: Spanish  
DOB: 29.07.1981
Place Of Birth: Oviedo, Spain
Marital Status: Married to Raquel del Rosario
Height: 171 cm
Weight: 68kg
Favourite Music: Everything
Hobbies: Football, training, cycling


Grand Prix starts: 146  
Poles: 18  
Wins: 22  
Points: 652  
Fastest laps: 14  
World Championships: 2 (2005, 2006)  
First Race: Australia 2001  



Formula 1

2010 Scuderia Ferrari Driver, Car No. 8
2009 ING Renault F1 Team Driver. Finished ninth in World Driver's Championship; 26 points.
2008 ING Renault F1 Team Driver. Finished fifth in World Driver's Championship; 61 points. 

Back to back wins in Singapore and Japan.
2007 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Driver.  Finished third in World Driver's Championship; 109
  points. Wins in Malaysia, Monaco, Europe and Italy.
2006 Renault F1 Team: Formula 1 Drivers'World Champion; 134 points; winner in Bahrain,
  Australia, Spain, Monaco, Britain, Canada and Japan; second in Malaysia, San Marino,
  European Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, France, Turkey, China and Brazil
2005 Renault F1 Team: Formula 1 Drivers'World Champion; 133 points; the youngest driver ever
  to be crowned World Champion at 24 years and 59 days; winner in Malaysia, Bahrain, San
  Marino, European Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, France, Germany and China; second in
  Spain, Britain, Turkey, Italy and Belgium; third in Australia, Brazil and Japan
2004 Renault F1 Team: fourth in the Drivers' Championship; 59 points; second in France; third in
  Australia, Germany and Hungary
2003 Renault F1 Team: sixth in the Drivers' Championship; 55 points; first in Hungary,
  becoming the youngest driver ever to win a Formula 1 race, less than a month after his 22nd
  birthday; scored his first pole position in Malaysia and at just 21 was the youngest driver to
  achieve this in Formula 1; second in Spain; third in Malaysia and Brazil
2002 Renault F1 Team: Test Driver
2001 Minardi F1: finished 10th at the German Grand Prix

Competition History

F3000 Championship: fourth in the Championship; winner in Spa-Francorchamps, two
  podiums and one pole position
1999 Euro-Open Championship: Championship winner in his single seater debut; six wins and nine
  pole positions
1998 Karting Inter A class: Spanish Champion; first in the Paris Bercy Trophy; first in the Industry
  trophy (Italy); first in the Open Ford trophy
1997 Karting Inter A class: Spanish Champion; Italian Champion; pole position and nine wins in the
  European Championship
1996 Karting Junior class:World Champion; Spanish Champion; first in the Estival trophy (Italy)
1995 Karting Junior class: Spanish Champion; third in World Championship
1994 Karting Junior class: Spanish Champion
1993 Karting Junior class: Spanish Champion
1991 Karting Cadet class: Runner-up in Spanish Championship.
1990 Karting Cadet class: Champion of Asturias and the Basque Country
1989 Karting Rookie class: Champion of Asturias and Galicia
1988 Karting Rookie class: Champion of Asturias and Galicia
1984 First ever Karting race at the age of three

2009 Questions and Answers

Fernando, how have the team's preparations gone this winter?
The team has had a very busy development programme to allow us to be ready for the first January test
with the new car. The factories in Enstone and Viry have been working flat-out and the whole team has
worked very hard over the last few weeks. I went to Enstone several times over the winter to complete
my seat-fit in the R29 and to talk with my engineers so that I could follow the progress of the project
carefully. Now we are all looking forward to seeing the result of all that effort on the racetrack. So we
are enormously motivated and I think it's fair to say that overall our preparations have gone very

You have followed the development of the R29 project over the last few months. What are your first impressions of your new car?
I've been impressed by the work the team has achieved. Aesthetically, it's true that the R29 is very
different to the R28, but this is a consequence of the new aerodynamic regulations. The 2009 season
represents a real challenge on all levels and we will have to wait for the first few races of the season to
see whether the decisions that we have taken have been the right ones. But the team can be satisfied
with the work that has been achieved over the last few months.

How are you approaching this new season with Renault?

After a difficult start to last year, we made good progress and improved our performance to become one of the most competitive teams in the second half of the season. Our two victories in Singapore and Fuji were very important as they were the confirmation of the progress we had made. I have said before that I feel comfortable in this team and I am happy to continue this adventure with Renault. We have shared some incredible moments together and I hope there will be more this year. I'm confident and motivated, as I think the whole team is.

This year sees the introduction of radical new technical regulations - do you think that Renault has coped well with these changes?
Rule changes happen regularly in Formula 1; each year we see new sporting and technical regulations
and the teams are used to dealing with the challenges that this presents. It can shake up the order a bit, but it's usually the same teams that you find at the front and I'm sure that will be the case once again this season. In the past Renault has shown that it is good at adapting to rule changes and the team started to work very early on the R29 project so hopefully this will pay us back on the racetrack.

Will the new technical rules introduced this year change the pecking order among the teams?
As I have said, the top teams always remain more or less at the front, even with the introduction of new
rules. This will certainly be the case this year and you can expect to see both Ferrari and McLaren in a
strong position from the start of the season. But it's difficult to evaluate for certain how good a job
everyone has done before the first test session or even before the first Grand Prix. I think that before
worrying about our competitors, we are going to concentrate on our winter development programme to
try and make good progress and approach the first Grand Prix in the best shape possible. We will then
see where we are in the pecking order.

You are partnered with Nelson once again who you worked with last year…
That's right - it's important to keep some stability in the team and I'm happy to continue working with
Nelson. To achieve our objectives, it's essential for the team to have two competitive cars and therefore
two competitive drivers. I think Nelson learnt a lot last year and we worked well together. I'm sure that
will be the case once again this year.

You helped Renault fight back last year with two victories. What are your ambitions for 2009?
The 2008 season was intense, with the team making amazing progress. It was therefore important to
meet the expectations that we had with the victories in Singapore and Japan. We won together in 2005
and 2006 and I've always said that I want to win a third world title and hopefully it will be possible to
fight for the championship again this year. But before that, it's vital that we work hard this winter on our
development programme and that is what I will concentrate on in the weeks leading up to the Australian
Grand Prix.


General Questions and Answers (2007)

If I had three wishes they would be....
My first wish would be to win the World Championship with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, the second wish would be to do it again and my final wish would be to be World Champion with the team a third time.

Which three things would you take to a remote island?
That is difficult, I wouldn't take many things.We worry too much about personal items all the time so if I was on a desert island I would enjoy that and all I would need is some good company.

If you weren't a racing driver what would you be?
I like all sports especially football and cycling so I would probably have pursued a career in either of these two sports.

What do you particularly love about Formula 1?
The cars; the speed of the cars; the way you need to drive these cars and the feelings that it gives you inside. It is just impossible to describe.

What cars do you own, and why did you choose those particular cars?
I have a Mercedes-Benz CLS for everyday use which is very nice. I also have a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren because I just think that it is the most beautiful car ever.

What would be your dream holiday destination?
I like Japan and enjoy spending time in Tokyo.

What do you do when you are not racing or testing?
I am at home, really relaxed.We live in a world where we are always running from one place to another and doing things, so when I have some free time I like to spend the whole time at home. I don't go out for anything as I just want to relax.

What is your favourite race track?
I like Spa-Francorchamps because it has all types of corners and is a very technical and long track, which means over the course of one lap you feel a lot of things and this makes it very challenging and difficult.

Who is your hero?
I don't have any heroes but I am a big fan of Miguel Indurain the famous Spanish cyclist. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 May 2010 12:59

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  1. 0 Sebastian Vettel 
  2. 0 Fernando Alonso
  3. 0 Mark Webber
  4. 0 Lewis Hamilton


2011 Constructors table

  1. 0 RBR-Renault
  2. 0 McLaren-Mercedes
  3. 0 Ferrari
  4. 0 Mercedes GP


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