In this chapter of the book you will find interesting and complete information about Fernando Alonso
Important moments by years:
- 2001 – 2004: Minardi and Renault.
- 2005: First in the Formula 1 Championship with Renault.
- 2006: First in the Formula 1 Championship with Renault – 2 consecutive world titles.
- 2007 – 2009: Renault and McLaren.
- 2010 – 2014: Ferrari.
- Fernando Alonso Diaz made his debut with the Formula 1 team Minardi – initially as a test and reserve driver, and a year later, a full-time racer. It was a good starting point for the promising Spanish driver who had proven himself in karting and Formula 3000 beforehand.
- In 2002, his manager Flavio Briatore signed him with Renault – again as a test driver. Eventually, he got promoted to and raced for the team in the 2003 season. He went on for record-breaking performance, becoming the youngest driver to win a qualification – his second race for the team at the Malaysian Grand Prix. A few races later, he became the youngest ever F1 winner at the Hungarian Grand Prix. He finished sixth in the World Driver’s Championship.
- In 2005 Alonso broke yet another record – he became the youngest World Drivers’ Champion with seven victories, six pole positions, and fourteen podium finishes. The following year saw him as a favorite to win again, this time having to beat the Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher. The fight was on until the last race when Schumacher retired with engine failure and Fernando finished second, which was enough for him to become the youngest two-time champion in Formula 1 history.
- Alonso remained at Renault until he met secretly with Ron Dennis, the owner of McLaren, in Japan in 2005 and agreed on a 3-year contract, starting next season. His main competitors were the Ferrari driver, Kimi Raikkonen, and his teammate at McLaren – Lewis Hamilton. The tension between him and Hamilton escalated pretty quickly, and during their first season together, they were involved in many incidents. In November, Alonso and his new Formula 1 team decided to part ways. Fernando rejoined Renault with a 2-year contract, and although he didn’t win a third world title with them, he maintained his reputation – one the best Formula 1 drivers.
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