Date of birth : 29 July, 1981
Place of birth : Oviedo, Spain
Nationality : Spanish
Grand prix started : 331
Pole positions : 22
Podiums : 97
Wins : 32
Fastest laps : 23
Points : 1899
Legendary two-time Formula 1 World Drivers’ Champion Fernando Alonso returns to the Formula 1 grid and Alpine F1 Team in 2021, twenty years on from making his debut in the sport. Fernando is one of the most experienced and successful drivers in Formula 1 history, with 311 Grands Prix starts and 32 race wins to his name.
The Spanish driver is synonymous with the team’s history in Formula 1. During two prior stints with Renault F1 Team from 2002-2006 and again between 2008 and 2009, he claimed 17 wins, 41 podiums and two World Formula 1 Drivers’ Championships, making him the most successful driver in the team’s history. In his Formula 1 career to date, Fernando has always been a close contender in the drivers’ championship, racing for the title in 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2013.
Away from the sport, he’s also set his sights on claiming motorsport’s ‘triple crown’. After two Formula 1 wins in Monaco, Fernando has also won the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans twice and has attempted to take victory in the Indianapolis 500; the final hurdle to complete the accolade. Showing his dexterity, Fernando also participated in the fearsome endurance challenge, the Dakar Rally.
For this year, Fernando is back in Formula 1 hungrier than ever to steer Alpine F1 Team back to the front of the grid.
During his two years away from Formula 1, the Spaniard secured a second 24 Hours of Le Mans win and missed out on qualifying for the Indianapolis 500. He also took part in the Dakar Rally finishing thirteenth. With an opportunity to return and embark on his eighteenth season in Formula 1, Fernando was signed by Alpine F1 Team following the news that Daniel Ricciardo would depart the team at the end of the 2020 season.
The two-times Formula 1 World Drivers’ Champion secured a season high fifth place at the Australian Grand Prix, in addition to multiple top ten finishes, aiding McLaren in their rebuilding efforts. Fernando claimed the first of two victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June that year.
He took five wins that year, his most since the championship winning years of 2005 and 2006 with Renault.
After impressing the team in this role, Fernando quickly made the jump to a race seat with Renault in 2003. He went on to break several records that season becoming the youngest driver to secure a pole position and race win. The Spaniard finished sixth in the championship with four podiums.