Team McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team
Nationality Spanish
Date of Birth 29 Jul 1981
F1 Debut Australia 2001 with Minardi European
F1 Team Minardi, Renault, McLaren, Ferrari

Fernando Alonso

In Singapore

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
2015 McLaren: qualified 12th, did not finish
2016 McLaren: qualified 9th, finished 7th

Still gunning for an elusive third title

There is no doubt that Fernando Alonso is quick, intelligent and has the winning mentality required to dominate in Formula One. The Spaniard was brilliant in wringing a win out of an uncompetitive Renault or, in recent years, dragging an 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 returned to McLaren in 2015 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 six).

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.

But he could not magic up a miracle for McLaren in 2015 as the team’s problems with its Honda engine left him languishing in the midfield. Alonso missed the first race in Australia after suffering concussion during a pre-season crash, and struggled to contain his frustration with McLaren’s problems at times during 2015.

It was more of the same in 2016 and Alonso also missed a race after suffering an enormous accident during the Australian Grand Prix.

As he approaches the final years of his career, Alonso needs McLaren and Honda to improve massively if he is ever going to win the third world title he craves.