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 is confident that participation in the marathon 24 hours of Daytona will make it more successful pilot.Fernando Alonso "I am very pleased to return to the US, again to appear before the fans of America. Less than a year I will be competing in two legendary races, which makes me very proud for your achievements.I've always wanted to challenge yourself in other categories of Motorsport. This is exactly what you need to become a successful pilot. Stepping out of my comfort zone in Formula 1, I will take part in this iconic race like the 24 hours of Daytona. It's just amazingI'm looking forward to the race for United Autosports, the more there will be to take part and the current European Champions LMP3.During tests that we conducted in Spain in November, I felt in this environment, like in the family. I'll be glad to spend this time with a new team. I just can't wait to jump in the car and drive on the famous oval.Over the last few months I've reviewed a lot of records with this race. I think participation will allow me to get to know yourself more deeply. It will definitely be fun".
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso has told us about the days when he competed for victory against Michael Schumacher.Fernando Alonso "He was a tough competitor is the first thing that comes to my mind. He was very quick, intimidating from time to time. And it's not just on the track. Schumacher was, is, and always will be. He's one of those people who are who they seem or even more. When he comes to you, you immediately realize that this is a special person.He has performed better than expected, even during some races in 2006, when the tires on our cars worked differently. There was a time when Michelin was better.On Friday, Ferrari was not competitive, and then in qualifying you saw Michael in second place, for example. It was incredible, superconcurrent, very hard pilot, just the greatest, one of the few who could show good results on a bad car. Almost nobody can do that.At home I have the greatest treasure - helmet that gave me Michael. I appreciate this gift more than anything".
The former head of the championship Bernie Ecclestone each year ordered sarcastic Christmas cards. This tradition was supported by the new leadership of Formula 1.The new card is a play on some of the events of the last season Fernando Alonso in a lounge chair, Kimi Raikkonen driving, "cute" dialogue hlkenberg and Kevin Magnussen, the intransigence of the partners in the Force India and, of course, the main characters - Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.
Race Director McLaren Eric bulge said that Fernando Alonso has already started the preparation for the season-2018.Eric boullier "Alonso has already started preparation for the season-2018. He prepares mentally for the upcoming fight.He has painted in his mind a plan of action. He is incredibly motivated for their own purposes. Last season was a mixture of sadness, humiliation and frustration. It's bad for the team. Next year everything must change".
The pilot of McLaren Stoffel Vandorn said that the first race of the season-2017 were not as he would want.Stoffel Vandorn " the First race certainly didn't meet my standards, but this is only my first season in Formula 1, so the relationship with the team, my engineers would develop. As we are faced with many challenges, it was difficult to do something better.When everything started to come back to normal, I had more time on the track, the more I began to spend time in the plant more time to devote to work in the simulator. Now I see that developing in the right direction."In his first full season in Formula 1 Vandorn finished in 16th position, right behind partner McLaren's Fernando Alonso.
The ex-pilot of the Force India Paul di Resta, now, cassisa reserve pilot Williams, will take part in the race 24 hours of Daytona, which he awaits with great impatience.Paul di RETA "I'm really looking forward to the race in Daytona with United Autosports. I've never played in a 24-hour race and never acted on these smartpromotion, but I'm looking forward to this issue.The level of the marathon 24 hours of Daytona is growing every year, so it's great to be a part of it.I plan to run some tests before the race to get used to the team and get a chance to bring the car to victory.Recall that in the United Autosports driving the other cars will be Fernando Alonso and Lando Norris.
Next year Kevin Magnussen will not take part in endurance races at Daytona or Le Mans.Earlier it was reported that the pilot Haas led the negotiations that in January to take part in the 24-hour race in Daytona along with Fernando Alonso and lance Strolla.Kevin Magnussen "there were talks with the team, but for a number of reasons the deal never took place. So I have to reschedule.This year also there is no chance that I will compete in Le Mans".
For the third pilot of Formula 1 bet for victory in the legendary race 24 hours of Daytona next month.Earlier it became known that Fernando Alonso and lance Stroll will perform in this marathon, and now the newspaper Ekstra Bladet reports that the pilot Haas Kevin Magnussen may also be a member of the race. The report States that the transaction involved the company Magnussen Dallara, the General partner of the team and Haas Daytona Action Express Racing.Jan Magnussen, Kevin's father, is also going to start at Daytona in sports cars class behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Corvette.
Fernando Alonso intends to take part in the legendary marathon 24 hours of Le Mans in the composition of the factory team Toyota and have already conducted the first tests. However, the management of McLaren has not yet decided whether to release the Spaniard.Zac brown, the head of McLaren "We were talking with Renault on this topic, and they don't mind, because they can't perform at Le Mans. Fernando wants to play for Toyota, because he believes that there he's got a good chance.But we're going to discuss this issue. We want to make sure that Le Mans will not distract him from Formula 1. The decision regarding Le Mans will be made very soon".
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton said that he hoped to fight for the title from Fernando Alonso.Lewis Hamilton "I'm going to prepare to fight more than ever. I will do everything to try and earn his fifth title next year.It will be a four-sided confrontation we, Red Bull, Ferrari and possibly McLaren. We can't afford to be complacent after the victory, we need to continue to work and improve in all areas.McLaren got the Renault engines. This year we were having a good duel with Alonso, and I'd like to be more of them in the future. Fernando deserves to fight in the leading group, so I hope he will be able to join the battle".
Lewis Hamilton admitted that he wants to emulate Fernando Alonso in the fight for the triple crown of Motorsport. The Spaniard already has a victory in the Monaco Grand Prix, and now he wants to earn a victory in the Indy 500 and the 24 hours of Le Mans. The only winner of the triple crown is compatriot Hamilton and Graham hill.Lewis Hamilton "Today is very difficult to do something unique in Motorsport. In the past, there were pilots who were in several different categories, but I have no desire to do it.I admire what Alonso wants to do, but for me Formula 1 is the maximum experience which can get the pilot.I have other qualities and projects in which I am interested and which I am satisfied. In the coming years you will see what it is, but it's more than race. Once I hang the helmet on a nail. But my contribution will definitely be appreciated by the audience".
Last season in Formula 1 was represented by 16 countries. The largest representation from the United Kingdom, but the pilots of this country have scored a total of 371 points and took only the second place in the standings of the Nations. As leaders of the standings are the Finns.Last year in the standings of the Nations the Germans won, thanks largely to Nico Rosberg. This season was not representative of Indonesia, but there were pilots from Canada, Italy and New Zealand. Russia has fallen from the 10th position to 13th.1. Finland - 510Valtteri Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen2. UK - 371Lewis Hamilton, Jolyon Palmer, Jenson button, Paul di Resta3. Germany - 365Sebastian Vettel, Nico Hulkenberg, Pascal Wehrlein4. Australia - 200Daniel Ricciardo5. Netherlands - 168Max Verstappen6. France - 115Esteban Windows, Roman Grosjean, Pierre Went Out7. Mexico - 100Sergio Perez8. Spain - 71Carlos Sainz, Fernando Alonso9. 43 In BrazilFelipe Massa10. Canada - 40Lance Stroll11. Denmark - 19Kevin Magnussen12. Belgium - 13Stoffel Vandorn13. Russia - 5Daniil Kvyat14. Sweden - 0Marcus Ericsson15. Italy - 0Antonio Giovinazzi16. New Zealand - 0Brandon Hartley.
Recently Fernando Alonso visited the McLaren base in Woking and went through the procedure of fitting seats for the new machine MCL33.The press service of the British team posted a photo of this process with the caption "Look who is sitting in a car in 2018".
Hirotoshi Honda said that he can understand the frustration of Fernando Alonso failed three-year project McLaren-Honda.It is believed that Alonso has insisted that McLaren had gone from the Japanese brand, turned his attention to Renault.Hirotoshi Honda "Alonso is a young, intelligent and fascinating people. I can easily understand why it was a big disappointment.A professional athlete's life is very short, and it's hard to lose three years in such an important moment in his career, but it's not my fault.I am sure of one thing. The Japanese have a culture of struggle in Formula 1. We are probably very polite, but we can fight.My father was a real fighter who hated to be second. Shortly before his death, when Senna could no longer win, dad complained about it from his sick bed".
During the past season on the podium managed to visit seven of the pilots. And the record for most finishes in the top three steel Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas for 13 podiums in 20 races.Podiums in the season-2017 pilots1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes - 13 Sebastian Vettel, The Ferrari - 13 Driver Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes - 134. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull - 95. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari - 76. Max Verstappen, Red Bull - 47. Lance Stroll, Williams - 1 career on the catwalk has been Stroll. For the third consecutive year in the top three never came Fernando Alonso.As already mentioned, seven pilots during the season were able to reach the podium. And the record over the past decade was 2008, when the top three were able to get 14 pilots.The number of pilots who were on the podium in recent years2017 - 7 2016 - 92015 - 102014 - 102013 - 82012 - 132011 - 72010 - 82009 - 132008 - 14 Mercedes in total have been on the podium 26 times. All the others put together 34.Podiums in the season 2017, commands1. Mercedes - 262. Ferrari - 203. Red Bull - 134. Williams - 1 in 2013 without a podium left the team Force India. As for McLaren this is the third consecutive season with no finishes in the top three.
Last season, eight of the pilots were able to show the best lap time during the race. The most distinguished champion Lewis Hamilton, for which he received the honorary prize of the DHL Fastest Lap. Last season the trophy went to Nico Rosberg.Best circles in the season 2017, the pilots1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes - 72. Sebastian Vettel, The Ferrari - 53. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari - 2 Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes - 25. Sergio Perez, Force India - 1 Fernando Alonso, McLaren - 1 Daniel ricciardo, Red Bull - 1 Max Verstappen, Red Bull - 1U Raikkonen is now 45 best circles, and for this indicator, the Finn ranks second in the entire history of the championship. First with a large margin is Michael Schumacher with an incredible result in 77 laps. The Hamilton 38 laps, and he takes the 4th place.Best circles in the season of 2017, commands1. Mercedes - 92. Ferrari - 73. Red Bull - 24. Force India - 1 McLaren - McLaren 1V while dreaming of podiums, but every year Alonso celebrated one of the best around. This time it was at the Grand Prix of Hungary.
Four-time world champion Alain Prost believes that the debutant of the season, Stoffel Vandorn almost as good as the experienced Fernando Alonso.Alain Prost "All watched Vandoren before he came into Formula 1 because everyone thought he was the most outstanding young pilot. He started his career at McLaren, where there were problems with reliability. He never got the same equipment as Alonso. But I think Vandorn is now on par or even better than Alonso. He is developing well.Next year with a good engine we will see is it effective. To be in a team with Alonso is not easy, so Vandorn you need to remain calm, not to rush, and I think that it will not be problems in the coming years".
In an interview with Stuttgarter Zeitung, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has said that Fernando Alonso will never be his team-mate.Lewis Hamilton "Alonso will never be my partner Mercedes are well aware of the work of the team, comparing it with magnets. When there are two North poles, then the team just falls apart. So it was in 2007. So there must be one North pole and one South".Hamilton and Alonso were team-mates at McLaren-Mercedes in 2007. The season passed with scandals and ended with a lost title and a multimillion-dollar fine.
Next season, the Formula 1 world champion 2009 Jenson button will compete in the Japanese Super GT series for one of the teams Honda.Jenson button "I Have a contract with Honda for performances in the Super GT season in 2018. The last two years I've dreamed of this. I like this series, and this year I even had one race, and I liked it very much. Looking forward to the first tests."Last season button was a reserve pilot McLaren, and spent one race in Monaco, replacing Fernando Alonso. But now his place is 18-year-old Lando Norris, the newly made champion of Euroseries Formula 3.
The pilot of McLaren Stoffel Vandorn for the second day of testing in Abu Dhabi was on the 8th position. In the morning the Belgian damaged the car exactly where the day before took off Fernando Alonso.Stoffel Vandorn "it was a good Day, but I wonder I had an accident in the same place as Alonso. But otherwise the day was very productive. The team collected a lot of information about the Pirelli tyres for next year. We were able to go a great distance in these days. Information should be sufficient to prepare for next year.
McLaren and Fernando Alonso continue talks on whether the Spaniard to spend a full season in the WEC.The head of McLaren Zach brown said in Abu Dhabi that the British team are open to Alonso within the race at Le Mans, as McLaren and Toyota are not competitors. But, it seems that Alonso wants to spend in the WEC full season. Interestingly, calendars virtually no overlap, except for one race.Fernando Alonso "We need to examine carefully the calendars. It would be nice to make this work. I probably would have loved it".Race Director McLaren Eric bulge against such a venture "First of all, calendars are still intersect, so he will not be able to spend the entire season. Of course, we all know that Fernando loves to participate in races. I think he definitely will not be 52 weekends in a year. But it will stand it".
The pilot of McLaren Stoffel Vandorn said that the past season-2017 tested it for strength.Stoffel Vandorn "This season taught me to never doubt myself. I learned to be confident, no matter what. There were times when I doubted myself, but I knew that to lose his talent over the winter impossible.Work has made me stronger. I now know that throughout his career will be strong. When I get the car to fight for victory, you can fight for the best results.First full season in Formula 1 Vandorn finished in 16th position, right behind partner McLaren's Fernando Alonso.
Spanish Bank Santander, which has been sponsoring Ferrari since 2010, announced the termination of cooperation with the Italian team. Next year he will work with football Champions League.Santander appeared in Formula 1 in 2007 becoming a sponsor of the McLaren, where at that time moved the Spaniard Fernando Alonso. In 2010 started parallel work with Ferrari. Much later came the two-time champion. In addition, Santander was the title sponsor of some of the Grand Prix.
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso in the first day of testing in Abu Dhabi showed 6-th result after the morning broke the car.Fernando Alonso "Today we were satisfied with the work, having tested tires for the season 2018. They are very beautiful, fast and efficient, and the degradation we have already found a common language. I'm happy with.Yes, in the morning I'm a little trim barrier, but the mechanics quickly repaired the broken suspension. I returned to the track before lunch. This helped to complete the entire program without delay.Now the season is over and I go home. But very soon I will begin training for next season".
After the final race of the Formula 1 team remained in Abu Dhabi to hold a two-day test session and to get acquainted with new rubber.Today, the first day of testing behind the wheel of a Force India will sit Russian Nikita Mazepin and the Williams will work Robert Kubica. McLaren were allowed to use two cars because the tire tests in Brazil with the participation of the British team had to be cancelled due to security reasons.The composition of the teams, November 28- Mercedes Lewis Hamilton - Red Bull Daniel ricciardo - Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen Force India Nikita Mazepin - Williams Robert Kubica and lance Stroll - McLaren two cars Fernando Alonso and Oliver terve - Toro Rosso Sean Gelael - Haas Romain Grosjean - Renault Nico Hulkenberg - Sauber Marcus Ericsson.
Fernando Alonso next year will be different races in addition to Formula 1, but the Spaniard denies that it will spray his attention.Fernando Alonso "No. The key is concentration, when you lower the visor. In the car you always come back to their environment and can focus on what is happening without problems."In late January, Alonso will take part in the marathon 24 hours of Daytona, and in June he will start on the 24 hours of Le Mans.
Roman Grosjean said that he is cooperating with his teammate Haas Kevin Magnussen.Roman Grosjean "I think the team did a great job this year with their work. I also want to mention that I have a great relationship with Kevin.To be honest, this is the best teammate that I ever had in my career. It's worth it when the team is trying to reach the top".Informed partners of Grogan was Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Pastor Maldonado and Esteban Gutierrez.
The race in Abu Dhabi was the last for the Union McLaren-Honda. Fernando Alonso finished 9-m, Stoffel Vandorn - 12. After the finish of Japanese motorists wished the British team success.Yusuke Hasegawa, Honda "the Last race was very emotional. At the same time, we have achieved relative success both cars got to the finish, and Fernando earned points. In the last races we have not had reliability issues that, given the difficult start to the season, can be considered a success.The last three years have been challenging, but I have to Express my admiration for the pilots and team members of McLaren-Honda. I also want to thank all the fans who have supported us.Honda is now concentrating on the season of 2018. We will do our best to have pre-season tests to solve all the problems. And we wish the team of McLaren's success with a new partner".
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso in the race Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi finished ninth. It was the last race for the Union McLaren-Honda.Fernando Alonso "It was an important race for us. It was the last stage of the joint project McLaren-Honda. The race was uninteresting, except for the interesting struggle with Felipe Massa and Carlos Sainz. We decided to fight with Felipe, and it worked, but then for most of the race we were just driving along. It was exactly the race the start was great, the strategy is successful - so I'm happy earned two points.For us it was a tough season, it's been a hard three years, but I'm still very proud of this project. From the point of view of the results, we really played below his expectations, but nevertheless, everyone worked very hard forces. Now, we wish all the best to Honda and waiting for the start of the project McLaren-Renault. Now this is a new Chapter in our history".