Fernando Alonso is one of the absolute best Formula 1 drivers on the Planet.
Hailing from Spain, he won the Formula One World Driver’s Championship title on September 25, 2005 – at the age of 24 years and 58 days, making him the youngest Formula One World Drivers’ Champion.
After retaining the title the following year, Alonso also became the youngest double Champion. Nicknamed El Nano, a typical pseudonym for Fernando in Asturias, his place of birth, Alonso acts as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF.
Q & A
When did you turn pro?
My debut came in 2001 in Australia. The best finish I achieved with Minardi was a tenth place in the German Grand Prix. In 2002, my time with Minardi came to an end, and so I headed back to Renault. I spent a year there as a test driver, and in 2003 was given my full racing colours after Jenson Button moved to BAR.
What are the events, wins, memories that stand out most throughout your career so far?
In 2005 I finally won the coveted World Championship. My stats for the season were spectacular: seven wins, six polls and 15 podiums. 2005 was another year in which I made history: as the first Spaniard to become World Cup champion, as well as being the youngest winner ever.
If there’s one thing that people in the industry would recognize you by, what would that be?