|Date of Birth||29 Jul 1981|
|F1 Debut||Australia 2001 with Minardi European|
|F1 Team||Minardi, Renault, McLaren, Ferrari|
Alonso in Singapore:
2008 Renault: qualified 15th, won the race
2009 Renault: qualified 6th, finished 3rd
2010 Ferrari: qualified on pole and won the race
2011 Ferrari: qualified 5th, finished 3rd
2012 Ferrari: qualified 5th, finished 3rd
2013 Ferrari: qualified 7th finished 2nd
2014 Ferrari: qualified 5th, finished 4th
Gunning for an elusive third title
There is no doubt that Fernando Alonso is quick, intelligent and has the winning mentality required to dominate their chosen sport. The Spaniard was brilliant in wringing a win out of an uncompetitive Renault or in recent years, dragging a off-the-pace Ferrari to victory on a number of occasions.
However, after making his debut in 2001, Alonso has been rewarded with just two world titles in 14 seasons – a poor return considering he is perceived as the most complete driver on the grid. After five fruitless seasons at Ferrari, where he finished runner up three times, Alonso has returned to McLaren in the hope of adding a third title to his successes with Renault in 2005 and 2006.
The youngest Formula One™ World Champion before Sebastian Vettel came along, Fernando was the first-ever race-winner in Singapore in 2008. He is already a member of an elite group of drivers with 30 victories or more (there are only five).
The Ferrari was particularly slow in 2014, but Alonso once again showed his speed, dominating his team-mate and former world champion Kimi Raikkonen and managing two podium finishes on his way to sixth in the drivers’ standings.
Fernando, like many of his compatriots, loves football – he's a big Real Madrid fan. He is also a magician: not just in a Formula One™ car, he actually does conjuring tricks of his own as light relief from the intensity of his work. Can he conjure up a third title in 2015?