Fernando AlonsoFernando Alonso Díaz - Spanish race car driver, twice became World Champion Formula 1 in the years 2005 -2006, was born July 29, 1981 in the administrative center of Oviedo. Your way to becoming the youngest race winner and Formula 1 world champion, Alonso started with karting, where very soon showed fighting spirit. Talking about it four wins in the championship of Spain 1993-1996, winning in 1997 in the national series and the title of vice - champion in the International. In 1998, Alonso made his debut in the World Series Nissan. The debut was more than successful. Fernando became a leader in the last race, received the title of champion. The convincing victory was marked by a novice managers of Formula 1. In 2000 he made his debut with the team Astromega Formula 3 and managed to climb to fourth in the overall standings. In 2001 Alonso, who was then nineteen years old, moved from the test - the main drivers of the Minardi. This season has not brought a single point rider, but Fernando has shown excellent results, both in qualifications and the race. Formula 1 2002 season Alonso missed by staying in the position of the spare pilot team Renault. However, the high speed tests enabled him next year to take place already in the starting lineup. I must say that the leadership of Renault has made sure bet. Fernando was the third Grand Prix in Brazil, won his first pole position in Malaysia and won a convincing victory in the Grand Prix in Hungary, and became, in 2003 the results of the sixth. Season 2004 was held under the banner of the superiority of Ferrari and Michael Schumacher, which did not allow the Spaniard to win a single victory. However, in the following year Alonso took revenge and broke a series of victories Schumacher, becoming the youngest champion in Formula 1. Since 2006, Alonso became a member of Team McLaren. This year has brought him a second championship title. However, conflicts in the team was forced to return to Fernando in 2008, Renault. During the season rider managed to score the maximum points of the pilots, and was fifth in the rankings. In 2009, build on the success Spaniard failed. But, nevertheless, Alonso managed to earn the pole for the Hungarian Grand Prix, and a podium in Singapore. Technical failure of the Renault Fernando Alonso was forced to look for another team. At the end of September 2009 there was a statement that since 2010 a member of the team Alonso Ferrari. During his career, Alonso scored 577 points, 21 scored a victory, won 18 pole positions and 53 podiums.
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso has presented a helmet, which he'll spend the season in 2018. It is worth noting that the design has changed dramatically.
Toyota said that they have no problem with the fact that Fernando Alonso passes the tests WEC, which will be held concurrently with the tests of Formula 1.The Spaniard will miss the opportunity to try out the Toyota TS050 Hybrid on the track before the season opening of the WEC in Spa, but the head of Toyota Motorsport Pascal Vasselon said that Alonso will be able to catch up.
This season Fernando Alonso was going to perform in the WEC at the same time with performances in Formula 1. This raised the question of whether other pilots working on similar schedules.Sergio Perez, the pilot of the Force India "Now the schedule of the Formula 1 is extremely intense. I think I need all the attention to focus on training for all 21 races in the season.Some pilots can afford a little more, but we are all different. I don't want to go beyond teamwork. For me the most important fight in Formula 1. There are a lot of work".
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso has said that recently visited the team's base in Woking and have already met with the new machine MCL33.Fernando Alonso "the other day I visited a base of McLaren's Woking. I went through the entire Technology center and talked with many employees. I thanked the people who are working hard, but never attend races.As for the new car, Yes, I saw her. That is a beautiful car, I think everyone will like it. We have almost everything ready for the tests. I will hold on the basis of one day to work in the simulator".Presentation of the new machine McLaren will be held on February 23.
The representative of the McLaren Brass Brian said that in 2019, his team could have an interesting pilots.Brass Brian "There are many different scenarios and it's like roulette. We can disrupt the jackpot, but they can not disrupt. We know that different versions of the pilots is possible, but not yet taken any action to start the negotiations. It is too early to judge the situation, we need more time for analysis.We are in a great position because we have three excellent pilot. Let's see who what the future will choose for yourself".This year McLaren will be Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandorn, a reserve pilot chosen Lando Norris, 18-year-old champion of the European Formula 3.
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso spoke about the reasons that prompted him to consider entering WEC.Fernando Alonso "the Level required by Formula 1 from the point of view of training, is huge, and after so many years you realize that the time will come when you will no longer be able to meet these criteria.It's a bit like Carlos Sainz, when he decided to leave the world rally championship. This does not mean that he chose Dakar as its future. He just likes the competition, he was a world champion, but you need to practice and travel every day throughout the year. And there is the opportunity to speak in this prestigious event, which is held once a year. This is the right choice for the champion, who loves to perform but is not willing to train hard all year.My situation is a little different. You just love competition and think it is attractive because you like racing, and you have the opportunity to combine two things and make something new that you have not had the opportunity during many years of work in Formula 1.The WEC gives me a sense of freedom. There are some races during the year. You can get a little freedom, but at the same time to continue to speak.In the WEC, Alonso will play for the factory team Toyota. The first race of the season - a stage in Spa 5 may.
Sports consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko said that the Honda mechanics are unable to cope with the task, due to the limitations of criticism of McLaren and Fernando Alonso.Helmut Marko "Honda Mechanics has made significant progress in recent years. Perhaps they have already reached the level of Renault.When they worked with McLaren, they had to compromise due to certain limitations of the machine. At the same time Alonso did everything possible to put Honda in a bad light.".
The crew of Fernando Alonso claimed a podium in the 24 hours of Daytona, but had problems with the brakes, and shortly before the finish the Spaniard was gone. The second crew of team United Autosports finished fourth.Fernando Alonso "Everything happened in the first turn. I got to him at the speed of 300 km/h and realized that the brakes just yet. Honestly, I was scared. There was plenty of space, I was able to roll to the side, but almost no visible barriers.Last year this car finished fourth at Le Mans, it is quite reliable, but today there were a few problems. At some point we were ahead of the second crew of the team for the whole round, so that could fight for the podium.There are positive aspects. First of all, I enjoyed it seven hours of wrestling is great. In addition, I learned a lot. Now I know what to expect from a car with a closed cockpit, as to overtake the circular, as to pilot the car at night. I'm sure I can achieve success behind the wheel of a car.About Le Mans I don't think, because it focuses on Formula 1. Let's see what will happen next.".
The head of McLaren Zac brown admitted that he did not think too much about the chances of Fernando Alonso to win the 24 hours of Daytona.Zach brown "There is strong competition in this series. I think that ultimately we will achieve little.Fernando is here to win. We are all here to win, but you have to be realistic. It would be wrong if I said that we have the same chance as Cadillac and Acura, because we are not at that level.Five or podium is the realistic target for Alonso and his teammates. I don't expect will go away with a Rolex, which give to the winners. Too many good teams will confront us.".
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso no longer exclude a possible involvement in NASCAR in the future. Earlier, McLaren have already tried your hand at IndyCar, performing at the legendary race Indy-500, and now wants to try NASCAR.Fernando Alonso "These machines require a unique style of piloting, which can be purchased only through lots of practice and I don't have the right amount of output for tests.I love the sport. It was nice to be in the Indie 500. I felt competitive out there. Now I'm going to be in endurance races. Maybe one day I will try a different series, maybe even NASCAR. Why not".
The crew Fernando Alonso will start 13th in the marathon 24 hours of Daytona. Time pole position the Spaniard, representing the team of Zak brown's United Autosports, lost a little less than a second.Fernando Alonso "the race of Formula 1 is 60-70 laps to win, and here we are waiting for the 24 hour race. I hope the qualification will not affect the final result."Another pilot, lance Stroll, who plays for the team Jackie Chan, will start sixth.
This weekend Fernando Alonso will start on the 24-hour marathon at Daytona. The Spaniard will play on the same crew with Lando Norris team United Autosports, owned by Zach brown, the head of McLaren.Fernando Alonso "I do it because I love racing and I love to compete. If these races are held in iconic locations such as Daytona Speedway, it is even more attractive for me.I'm 10 minutes agreed with Zach about the race in Daytona. It is completely on my side. For me this will be good practice before the season of Formula 1.Winning at Daytona is something I would like to achieve. I would like to compete in the best races in the world, and Le Mans is one of the best races. One day I would like to win there. Don't know will be it this year or not".
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso has admitted that he would like this year to speak on the orange car, the coloring of which would resemble his race car in the Indy 500.Fernando Alonso "I have not yet shown the new coloring. I wish the car was orange, as this color - the history of McLaren. It would be great if it was similar to my car in the Indie 500".Designer Sean bull showed might look like the McLaren livery Indy 500.
Former Formula 1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya said that he would like to take part in the legendary marathon 24 hours of Le Mans, to compete with Fernando Alonso for the title of winner of the "Triple crown" which implies a victory at Le Mans, the Monaco Grand Prix and Indy 500.Juan Pablo Montoya "Alonso is able to win the "Triple crown". Yes, it will be difficult. Besides, I'm closer to this achievement than it.As for Le Mans, let's see how will continue to change the rules, and whether the team Penske to participate in it. Until I was invited to participate in Le Mans. But I would have competed for the Triple crown with Alonso".Montoya competed in Formula 1 for Williams and McLaren in 2001-2006 In 2003 he won the Monaco Grand Prix. Twice, in 2000 and 2015, Juan Pablo won the Indy 500. Three times the Colombian won the marathon 24 hours of Daytona, but Le Mans has never been a part of.The sole owner of the "Triple crown" is Graham hill, who five times won the Grand Prix of Monaco, in 1966 he won the Indy 500, and in 1972 in Le Mans.
Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson said about his attitude to Fernando Alonso, who recently met in the conference center Charlotte.Jimmie Johnson "I Wonder what's he doing here He did a great job, and I think he has done a lot for Motorsport. Alonso in the United States has attracted the attention of the motorsports people from all over the world. We are grateful for the increasing interest in our race".Fernando Alonso "the first time I heard his name, it was probably in 2003 in a video game NASCAR. I chose it, not knowing it, just because of the car. I remember playing with my friend, and he likes chocolate company, which I am not going to call. And he chose that car, and I chose Jimmy's car".
Presentation of the new machine McLaren MCL33 will take place on 23 February and 24 February, the British team intends to conduct the first tests of new items.For this purpose, McLaren is going to use the right of the so-called shooting days, which are special Pirelli tires, and the mileage is limited to 100 kilometers. Any team during the season may spend two of those days, and in the McLaren decided to use them as preparation for tests Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandorn will work in Barcelona on 24 and 25 February.26 Feb there, in Barcelona, will start full tests.
In the early 1970s, the pilots used a fairly simple by modern standards helmets with a minimum of advertising. Famous designer Sean bull fantasized on the subject, it would look like at that time the modern helmets of the pilots.Fernando Alonso.
A graduate of the McLaren Lando Norris hopes that one day he will become a pilot of Formula 1 as Lewis Hamilton, with whom he is constantly compared.Lando Norris "the Comparison with Lewis gives me motivation but I don't pay attention to those comments. It is good to think about what you're going by the footsteps of world champion. Once he got to Formula 1, so I can.At the same time I'm not just going to think about what he was able. I will try to make progress in his career. I know that fast and can win. I like doing what I'm doing, so just get on with my work.This year Norris will run a reserve pilot McLaren and parallel to compete in Formula 2. In addition, in late January, Lando will partner Fernando Alonso in the race 24 hours of Daytona.
Season 2001 is notable, then, that Formula 1 made its debut a few talented drivers, including Fernando Alonso. The first car of the Spaniard was a Minardi starting number "21".In 1999, Alonso won the World series by Renault. The next step, Formula 3000, where a Spaniard, with one win in fourth place. Results Fernando has attracted the attention of Flavio Briatore, the team principal of Benetton and in the end of 2000, the young pilot had conducted the first tests behind the wheel of a Formula 1.In 2001 19-year-old Alonso was the official test pilot with Benetton. In parallel, Briatore was able to negotiate with a small team Minardi regarding internships Fernando. The debut of Spanish took place at the Grand Prix of Australia, where he started 19th and finished 12th.
While race Director McLaren Eric bulge calms the press, talking about the complete indifference of the team to handle the pressure next year, its pilot Stoffel Vandorn decided to add fuel to the fire.Stoffel Vandorn "In 2018, the pressure on the team will be very large, because we have strong rivals to compare progress.I still have work to do to become a pilot. I'll have to quickly understand how this machine works. The speed I have, if it is correct to put all components of the weekend.I don't aim for the season. For me, my point of comparison, Fernando Alonso. The results last year were not such as I expected, but now I am much stronger.I was able to open in a team, to understand my engineers and mechanics, and I also learned from Fernando how to adapt to the car, which are not always effective, how to handle problems during the season.I already had my first day of work in the simulator with the engineers and we were able to discuss a lot about the new car. First impression - the engine of the Renault was a really good fit. All are interested in to begin your tests and see what we can do on the track.View already in Barcelona, as we are right in their calculations".
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso has said that he is very happy to work with Zack brown.Fernando Alonso "It's very unique head, it has a broad vision of Motorsport, he's a commercial genius.He helped McLaren over the past two years, and now he helps McLaren and Motorsport in General. Therefore, I fully share his vision. Not only is he my boss, he's my friend. I think he copes with this sport.We are slightly expanding the brand McLaren in motorsports, and we try to do it together.
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso believes that not many pilots will be able to follow in his footsteps, to act in other Championships.Fernando Alonso "I don't think so. Just the pilots has a different culture. Stroll from Canada, he likes different kind of race, so, too, tries to catch everything and everywhere.The rest of the guys aren't going to do anything, because in Europe we usually focusareas one champion. In teams, they became more professional pilots. There are many training camps, many levels, a lot of time is spent on work in the simulator during the winter break, and pilots are hard to get out of this concept. I can afford to take this step because the team changed its attitude towards marketing and development."In late January, Alonso will take part in the marathon 24 hours of Daytona. And in June, the Spaniard may start on the 24 hours of Le Mans.
In SkySports have examined the accounts of the pilots of Formula-1 in popular social networks and calculated the number of subscribers. The leader of the rating was Lewis Hamilton.Number of subscribers1. Lewis Hamilton - 14,98 2. Fernando Alonso - 6,15 3. Daniel ricciardo - 3,49 4. Sergio Perez - 2,78 5. Max Verstappen of 2.72 6. Roman Grosjean - 1,41 7. Nico - 1,29 8. Valtteri Bottas - 1,16 9. Carlos Sainz - 0,94 10. Kevin Magnussen to 0.67 million
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso is hoping that his experience during the night of the Grand Prix will help him during the 24-hour race at Daytona.Fernando Alonso "Night tests has shown that I adapt quickly to new conditions. No difference compared to the daylight tests I felt.In Formula 1 we have a night race in Bahrain, Singapore and Abu Dhabi, and here the route is pretty well lit. It's not like other tracks for endurance races. Therefore, no problems.Same with traffic, which I was a little scared. There's always a risk when you overtake a car here and there, especially if the front of the cars is a struggle. But it's a normal thing. All under the same conditions. I'm ready to fight among the leaders".
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 mark Webber believes Fernando Alonso is making a mistake by agreeing to speak at the same time in different series.Mark Webber "No, this is a mistake. These are two completely different series that is clearly going to absorb a lot of energy. I think that if you act in Formula 1, you can't afford to be distracted. Formula 1 is so specific that it does not allow to do something else."However, a couple of years ago Nico Hulkenberg proved that it can win Le Mans during a full season of Formula 1.But Webber said "It was in the middle of the team of Formula 1. The pressure is different. In addition, he came in already prepared for the Le Mans team that simplified the task.If he wins at Daytona, that would be awesome. He is a talented pilot, seriously surpassing many in this world. It will be fantastic, but it will give him nothing".
McLaren reserve driver Lando Norris was told that the race at Daytona is a great opportunity to learn from Fernando Alonso.Spanish newspaper AS claims that Alonso and Norris was just three tenths apart during the recent tests at Daytona.Lando Norris "To me, this is a good opportunity to learn from Fernando. I'd like to see what I can learn from him when I get the chance.Daytona is a team event, but of course there will be competition. Who will be the best during practices and races is not clear. I would like to get ahead of Fernando".
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso has said that for him the most important thing is to fight for the third title in Formula 1.Fernando Alonso "of Course, I focus primarily on Formula 1 and his goal to win a third world title.With the power unit Renault, we will be able to participate again in the fight for victory. However, I also have plans to take part in classic races around the world that do not coincide with the Formula 1 calendar. For example, 24 hours of Daytona is the first step in endurance racing, and of course, I hope I'll like it, because Le Mans is another one of my goal.If Le Mans this year I will manage that next year I will return to the Indy 500".
Three-time Formula 1 world champion Nelson Piquet said that Fernando Alonso is a good pilot, but a poor politician.Nelson Piquet "Fernando Alonso had a chance to win up to five world Championships, but the reality is that he was always making a mess in any team, no matter where he was.He is a fantastic pilot, but he creates a lot of problems, and, in the end, it all ends the fact that he left the team.He's a bad politician. When you come to a new team, you must first be patient and work together and then win. But he always wants the best at once but it's not the best way".In 2008 and 2009 partner Alonso at Renault was the son of triple champion Nelson Piquet, Jr.
On the oval at Daytona began preparations for a 24-hour marathon, which will take place in late January. In the tests involved the pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso and reserve pilot British team Lando Norris.And Alonso, and Norris will play for the United Autosports crew. Fernando uses the coloring of the helmet, go with the one that he had during the Indy 500.