Fernando Alonso

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Fernando Alonso Díaz audio (born 29 July 1981) is a Spanish Formula One racing driver and two-time world champion who is currently racing for McLaren F1 team. He is often regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers in the history of the sport. He contested the 2017 Indianapolis 500 and in the 2018 24 Hours of Daytona. He is also a member of Toyota Gazoo Racing and is currently leading the 2018–19 FIA World Endurance Championship. Alonso won the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans with co-drivers Kazuki Nakajima and Sébastien Buemi on his début. As a winner of the Monaco Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Alonso is one of just thirteen drivers to have won two of the three races that make up the Triple Crown of Motorsport.

Born in Oviedo, the capital of the autonomous region of Asturias, Alonso started in karting from the age of 3. He won three consecutive karting championships in Spain from 1994 to 1997, and he became world karting champion in 1996. He made his Formula One debut in the 2001 season with Minardi, and then moved to the Renault team as a test driver the next year. Starting in 2003 Alonso then became one of the main drivers of the team. On 25 September 2005, he won the Formula One World Drivers' Championship title at the age of 24 years and 58 days, at the time making him the youngest Formula One World Drivers' Champion. After retaining the title the following year, Alonso also became the youngest double Champion at the time. He joined McLaren in 2007, before returning to Renault for two seasons in 2008 and 2009.

For the 2010 season, he joined Scuderia Ferrari. Chasing his goal of winning a third title with Ferrari, he finished three seasons as runner up (2010, 2012 and 2013) as well as winning eleven Grands Prix with the team. His strongest title challenges were in 2010 and 2012, finishing both seasons just adrift of title winner Sebastian Vettel. He left Ferrari at the end of the 2014 season, two years prior to the original expiry of his contract.

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 2003 Malaysian Grand Prix and the 2003 Hungarian Grand Prix respectively. From 2013 until 2015, he held the record for most most career championship points. Each of these records were surpassed initially by Sebastian Vettel. As of June 2018, Alonso is the only Spanish driver to have won a Formula One Grand Prix and is the driver with the sixth highest number of Grand Prix wins, with 32.

Nicknamed El Nano, a typical pseudonym for Fernando in Asturias, his place of birth, Alonso acts as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF.

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