Born in Oviedothe capital of the autonomous region of AsturiasAlonso started in karting from the age of 3.
He won three consecutive karting championships in Spain from toand he became world karting champion in He made his Formula One debut in the season with Minardiand then moved to the Renault team as a test driver the next year.
At the age of 24 years and 58 days upon clinching the title, he was the youngest Formula One World Drivers' Champion, and subsequently the youngest double Champion at the time. He joined McLaren inbefore returning to Renault for two seasons in and Alonso raced for Scuderia Ferrari   for five seasons between andbefore returning to McLaren for four seasons between and Alonso has held various driving records in Formula One.
He was formerly the youngest driver to qualify on pole position and to win a Grand Prix at the Malaysian Grand Prix and the Hungarian Grand Prix respectively. From untilhe held the record for most career championship points. Each of these records were surpassed initially by Sebastian Vettel.
Fernando Alonso was born in OviedoAsturias in northern Aiken dating site video 2019 wc final last 24 hours. His mother worked in a department store and his father was employed as a mechanic in an explosives factory near Oviedo.
He built a kart, originally meant for eight-year-old Lorena, but unlike her three-year-old brother, she showed no interest in the sport. He dropped out in as his commitment to motor racing prevented him from further studying. Since winning his first world championship inAlonso became an ambassador of Oxford Brookes Universityto promote the new field of study of Motorsport of Business for Social Science financing 12 students from all parts of the world.
Alonso lived in OxfordEngland until he moved his residence to Switzerland in Alonso owned a house in Mont-sur-Rollenear Lake Geneva from toand in February he moved house to Lugano in order to be closer to his new Formula One employer Ferrari.
It is highly common for Formula One stars to take up residence in Switzerland to reduce their tax bills. Since Alonso is in a relationship with Italian model Linda Morselli.
Alonso is a supporter of the football teams Real Madrid and Real Oviedo. In addition to Spanish, he speaks English, Italian and French. Alonso has a tattoo of a samurai on his back. He revealed that the tattoo showed strength in his muscles, intelligence and force of will with inspiration from the Hagakurethe spiritual guide written by Yamamoto Tsunetomo in the 18th century.
Alonso confirmed his atheism in a interview. Alonso replied "I believe things happen because they have to happen. All the things that happen in a race or happen in a championship or in your life, there is maybe a reason behind. And that reason is because better times are coming, and I prefer to think that way. As a child, Alonso participated in karting competitions around Spain, supported by his father, who also as his mechanic.
His family lacked the financial resources needed to develop a career in motorsport, but his victories sponsorship and the required funds. Alonso has attributed his ability to adapt his driving style to different conditions to his karting career: In addition his parents were unable to afford wet weather racing tyres, forcing him to learn to control his kart on slicks in rainy conditions.
He took the championship by one point from championship rival Manuel Giao by winning and setting fastest lap at the last race of the season. Alonso also tested for the Minardi Formula One team, lapping Aiken dating site video 2019 wc final last 24 hours. The following season Alonso moved up to Formulawhich was often the final step for drivers before ascending to Formula One.
Alonso joined Team Astromega and was the youngest driver in the series that year by eleven months. He drove the Minardi M In  and  Alonso was a test driver at Benetton. Alonso was the third-youngest driver ever to start a Formula One race when he made his debut with Minardi at the Australian Grand Prix. The team was in its first season under the control of new owner Paul Stoddart and their new car, the PS01, was neither fast nor reliable.
However Alonso's qualifying performance was good, outqualifying teammate Tarso Marques by 2. At the fourth round at Imola he outqualified both Benettons, a feat he repeated later in the season. Notable performances over the season earned him some attention from the faster teams. Briatore considered promoting Alonso forin place of his race driver Jenson Buttonbut instead chose to take Alonso on as Renault test driver for Alonso tested with the Jaguar team in May and completed 51 laps of the Silverstone Circuit.
Alonso became the youngest driver to achieve a Formula One pole position at the Malaysian Grand Prix. He finished second at his home Grand Prix two races later, and at the time became the youngest driver to win a Formula One race at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
He finished the year sixth in the championship, with 55 points and four podiums. Alonso remained with Renault for the season, scoring podiums in AustraliaFranceGermany and Hungary. At Indianapolis he suffered a high-speed accident while running in third place after a tyre deflated. In France he took pole position and finished second, running Michael Schumacher close for victory. Towards the end of the year teammate Jarno Trulli's results deteriorated and he was replaced for the final three races of the season by former world champion Jacques Villeneuve.
Alonso ended the year fourth in the championship standings with 59 At the first race in Australia Alonso started near the back due to rain in qualifying but fought his way to third.
He crashed out of the former, and in the latter all the Michelin runners withdrew due to safety concerns over their tyres. Alonso took his third pole position and fifth win at the French Grand Prix. He followed this with pole position a week later at the British Grand Prixwhere he finished second behind Montoya. Alonso went on to win the race. Alonso qualified sixth in the Hungarian Grand Prix but finished 11th after a collision with the Toyota of Ralf Schumacher.
As the season entered its final stages Alonso finished second in three consecutive races, collecting vital championship points. Alonso became the youngest Drivers' Champion at the age of 24 years and 59 days old, breaking Emerson Fittipaldi 's record.
He also ended the five-year dominance of Michael Schumacher. Commenting on his victory, he said: Spain is not a country with an F1 culture, and Aiken dating site video 2019 wc final last 24 hours had to fight alone, every step of the way, to make this happen. He said, "It was a dream come true and a very emotional day. In the last few laps I leaped, thinking I could hear noises from the engine- from everywhere! But all was okay and I can remember my relief when I crossed the finish line.
The Japanese and Chinese Grands Prix saw Alonso and Renault abandon the conservative style evident in Brazil when he was still chasing the drivers' title.
Inhe was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for Sports. Alonso won the first race of the season in Bahrainovertaking Michael Schumacher after coming out of the pit lane with 18 laps left, after starting fourth. He qualified seventh at the Malaysian Grand Prix due to a fuelling error   but finished second to teammate Giancarlo Fisichella.
After poor qualifying at San MarinoAlonso was unable to pass Michael Schumacher in an encounter that echoed their battle the previous year. Alonso took pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix after Schumacher was penalised by the stewards for "deliberately [stopping] his car on the circuit in the last few minutes of qualifying", denying his rivals, Alonso included, the opportunity of recording fastest qualifying lap.
He extended his winning streak to four races with victories in Britain and Canada.
Both wins came from pole position, and the British round was his first win, pole and fastest lap hat trick. He also became the first driver in history to finish first or second in the first nine races of the season, a record equalled by Sebastian Vettel in Alonso incurred a penalty for an infraction in practice at the Hungarian Grand Prix which left him 15th on the grid.
Schumacher scored one point after Robert Kubica was disqualified. Alonso finished second in Turkeyholding back third-placed Schumacher to claim two vital points, but he lost a lot of ground after a controversial Italian Grand Prix.
He suffered a puncture during qualifying that damaged bodywork at the back of his car.
He qualified fifth but was later punished  by the stewards for impeding Felipe Massa 's Ferrari,  and he started the race from tenth.
In the race he rose to third place before an engine failure forced him to retire. Schumacher won the Grand Prix and cut Alonso's Championship lead to two points. At the following round in ChinaAlonso took pole position during a wet qualifying session but finished second to Schumacher in the race.
The result tied Alonso and Schumacher on points in the Drivers' Championship. At the Japanese Grand Prixthe Ferraris of Schumacher and Massa qualified first and second, more than half a second faster than the Renaults in fifth and sixth. But during the race Alonso rose to second and took the win after Schumacher's engine failed. It gave him a ten-point advantage over Schumacher, needing only one point from the final round to retain the title.
With Schumacher finishing fourth, the final difference was 13 points. Alonso thus became the youngest double champion in the sport's history. Renault also clinched the Constructors' Championship with a 5-point gap over Ferrari. On 19 DecemberAlonso announced that he would
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Alonso debuted with the new McLaren car on 15 Januaryin the streets of Valencia. On 8 April in his second race for the team, Alonso secured his first win for McLaren, and the team's first sinceby leading the majority of the Malaysian Grand Prix. A difficult drive at Bahrain's Sakhir circuit a week later, saw him finishing fifth behind his rookie teammate who took a podium finish. In the fourth race of the year in Spain, his home Grand Prix, he qualified second, but suffered a first lap collision with Felipe Massa which caused some damage to his car and dropped him to fourth, before finishing third.
On 27 May, Alonso secured his second victory for McLaren at Monacoscoring pole position, fastest lap and the race win and in the process lapping the entire field up to 3rd position. After the controversy at the Hungarian Grand Prix see belowhowever, relations between Alonso and his team declined.
It was reported in the media that he was no longer on speaking terms with Hamilton,  and it was speculated that he might leave McLaren at the end of the season. The Chancellor of the University has final authority regarding current and prospective students and employees via the USC Aiken website.
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