- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Oviedo, Spain
Once the youngest champon, Fernando is now 35 and will be starting his 15th season in the sport when, it is hoped, he lines up on the grid at Albert Park this year. He was absent in Australia for the 2015 race, following a pre-season crash in testing.
No longer a young man in a hurry, he is a double world champion and a senior figure in search of a renaissance after enduring a torrid year back at McLaren last season.
After a career of 32 wins and much success, he was reduced to the supporting cast while McLaren struggled with their Honda engines to produce anything like the performance levels needed to challenge at the front of the field.
It is now a decade since the season of his second title triumph and time may be running out for him to add a third drivers’ crown, but he proved last year that still has all the ability.
In a season of technical problems and disappointing results, he also retained his humour. He is expected to need it again this year when many hope to see Alonso, the complete F1 driver, back in the thick of the action and striving for success again.