- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Oviedo, Spain
Fernando Alonso will be hoping for a change of fortunes in more ways than one when he arrives in Melbourne for this season’s opening race at Albert Park after missing out in 2015, following a crash in testing, and then crashing heavily during last year’s race.
Once the youngest champion, Fernando is now 35 and will be starting his 16th season in the sport when, we all hope, he lines up on the grid at Albert Park this year. Apart from his accidents, he will also want to enjoy an improved performance from his McLaren-Honda car and team as F1® enters a new era.
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 initial year back at McLaren in 2015 and then a season of recovery last year (2016). That saw him collect 54 points – more than double those of his team-mate Briton Jenson Button – and deliver a memorable drive to fifth at the Monaco Grand Prix.
After a career of 32 wins and much success, he has been reduced to the supporting cast while McLaren have struggled with their Honda engines to produce anything like the performance levels needed to challenge at the front of the field.
It is now more than 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 he still has all the ability.
In a season of progress and challenges, 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.