The highly successful racing career of Fernando Alonso

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Fernando Alonso is by far one of the most successful racing drivers to have ever graced our screens. During his time on the Formula One tracks of the world he gathered a total of 32 victories and took the top place podium position in his home country of Spain back in the Spring of 2013. Some fans will have seen his win whilst enjoying the luxury of the F1 Paddock Club Spain that you can see at

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Here are some racing facts about this incredible driver.

  • Alonso started his career off on 2001 driving for Minardi which was one of the lesser known teams and is no longer racing today in its original format. He also spent these first two years test driving for both Renault and Benetton and it was the Renault team that he finally signed with back in 2003.
  • During the next year of racing Alonso successfully raced alongside the likes of Ferrari, Williams and McLaren and gave the drivers of these more well-established teams a run for their money.
  • In the two-year period of 2005 and 2006 he achieved an incredible 14 wins for the Renault team and began to take his place as one of the all-time great Formula One racing car drivers.
  • It was back in 2007, as the current Formula One champion that Alonso signed a contract to drive with McLaren alongside Lewis Hamilton. These two drivers should have been an unstoppable team, but as is sometimes the case with competitive sports men the friction between the two drivers was evident both on and off the track. This culminated in 2007 on the Hungarian track when Alonso took longer than necessary to pit his car, which in turn had an impact on Hamilton. The result was a podium win for Alonso but he was issued a five place grid penalty and the team were also penalised fifteen points. It was clear to everyone that these two drivers we unable to work together as teammates. However, things descended into even more chaos finally seeing Alonso removed from the team and McLaren being fined a staggering $100 million fine.
  • In 2008 Alonso returned to his former Renault team and then moved to Ferrari just two years later. Again, these turned out to be more turbulent years for the racer and he eventually moved back to Renault once again in 2015 and finally retired as a racer from this team.

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Despite some turbulent years as a racer and a lot of controversy particularly during his years as a team mate to Lewis Hamilton, Alonso will still be fondly remembered as one of Formula One’s racing legends.

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