101 Facts About Fernando Alonso

1. Fernando Alonso is missing the Monaco Grand Prix this season to make his rookie debut at the Indy500 on Sunday.

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2. Fernando Alonso is called El Nano, which is a typical pseudonym for the name "Fernando" in Asturias.

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3. Fernando Alonso could have beaten Lewis Hamilton to become the third driver to take five world championships—behind Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher—had he taken just a handful more points in his career.

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4. Fernando Alonso came to the Taylor team with Kamui Kobayashi, his teammate on the Le Mans victory, to create one of the strongest lineups in the field.

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5. Fernando Alonso made it to the big race in France and won in his debut, checking off a second box in racing's unofficial Triple Crown.

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6. Fernando Alonso powered past three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves to put his Cadillac DPi into the early lead in the twice-round-the-clock endurance race at Daytona International Speedway.

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7. Fernando Alonso says "the aim is to do something unprecedented in motorsport" after adding victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona to his list of achievements on Sunday.

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8. Fernando Alonso promptly set the WTR car's fastest lap of the race as he closed on Castroneves and leader Rast.

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9. Fernando Alonso has competed in the Race of Champions on two occasions—in 2001 and 2002.

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10. On 26 October 2017 it was announced that Fernando Alonso would race in the 2018 24 Hours of Daytona—his first-ever endurance event—for the United Autosports sportscar team.

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11. Fernando Alonso placed fifth in the qualifying race with an average speed of 231.300 mph.

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12. Fernando Alonso enters the 101st Indy 500 with a Honda-engined IndyCar run by Andretti Autosport, owned by former McLaren driver Michael Andretti.

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13. In 2013, Fernando Alonso managed to finish second in the championship season.

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14. Fernando Alonso could not win the season in 2010 and finished fourth in 2011.

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15. Fernando Alonso finished tenth at Monaco Grand Prix after he accidently collided with a barrier and his tyre got punctured.

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16. Fernando Alonso became a test driver for Renault and in 2003, he became the youngest driver to win Formula One Pole Position at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

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17. Fernando Alonso got his first victory at his second race at Albacete.

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18. Fernando Alonso studied at Holy Guardian Angel Primary School in Oviedo until the age of fourteen.

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19. Fernando Alonso explained: "I think Ferrari is special and winning with Ferrari is unique and winning a championship would be much more than any other championship.

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20. Fernando Alonso joined Ferrari in 2010 with the hopes of winning another World Championship but in October 2014 it was announced that he would leave at the end of that season after failing to achieve his targets.

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21. Fernando Alonso conquered the title in 2006 before deciding to continue his career at McLaren.

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22. Fernando Alonso was born in Oviedo, Spain, on 29 July 1981.

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23. Fernando Alonso is the only Spanish driver to have won a Formula One as of March 2018.

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24. Fernando Alonso is called El Nano, which is a typical pseudonym for the name "Fernando" in Asturias.

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25. Fernando Alonso became the youngest double champion title holder in 2006 when he won his second 'Formula One Driver's Championship' after scaling through a stiff challenge from Michael Schumacher.

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26. Fernando Alonso was introduced to car racing by Adrian Campos in October 1998.

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27. Fernando Alonso has his father to thank for his flourishing racing career.

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28. Fernando Alonso is three years older than Fernando Alonso and a doctor by profession.

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29. Fernando Alonso is the son of Ana Diaz, a worker in a department store, and Jose Luis Alonso, an amateur kart racer and a mechanic in an Oviedo-based explosive factory.

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30. Fernando Alonso is currently with British Formula One team, McLaren-Honda, where he is working very hard to win his third title.

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31. Fernando Alonso is a Spanish racing driver best known as a double World Champion in the Formula One driving championship and considered as one of the greatest drivers in the history of Formula One, he sits on the 10th position with 54 points.

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32. Fernando Alonso failed to finish in one of every five races he started in, DNFing 67 times in his 311 Grand Prix starts.

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33. Fernando Alonso will at least have the comfort of knowing that he triumphed for the last time in front of his home fans, when he beat the Lotus of Kimi Raikkonen to that Spanish Grand Prix victory in 2013.

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34. Fernando Alonso finished his career in Abu Dhabi having made 311 Grands Prix starts.

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35. Fernando Alonso could have beaten Lewis Hamilton to become the third driver to take five world championships—behind Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher—had he taken just a handful more points in his career.

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36. Fernando Alonso joined Phil Hill and Mario Andretti (1972) as F1 champions who won the most prestigious sports car event in North America.

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37. Fernando Alonso added: "My second stint was just in the moment it started raining, so I knew the conditions, where the standing water was on track, but I could not drive until the end.

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38. Fernando Alonso had taken over the No 10 car from Taylor just after the 21-hour mark and was putting pressure on Nasr as the conditions worsened.

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39. Fernando Alonso joined teammates Jordan Taylor, Renger van der Zande and Kamui Kobayashi in the No 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac, taking overall victory in the DPi class.

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40. Fernando Alonso has added the Rolex 24 Hours to his growing list of race victories outside of Formula One, after driving as part of the winning team at the Daytona International Speedway this weekend.

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41. Fernando Alonso says "the aim is to do something unprecedented in motorsport" after adding victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona to his list of achievements on Sunday.

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42. Fernando Alonso is the third F1 champion to win after Phil Hill and Mario Andretti.

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43. Fernando Alonso earned his first Rolex 24 crown Sunday after leading his No 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi team to victory at Daytona International Speedway.

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44. Fernando Alonso joined Phil Hill and Mario Andretti (1972) as F1 champions to win the most prestigious sports car event in North America.

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45. Fernando Alonso was sitting under a blanket on the Taylor pit stand when the race was called.

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46. In early September 2013, Fernando Alonso announced his intentions to rescue the insolvent Euskaltel–Euskadi cycling team, reaching an agreement to buy their UCI World Tour licence in order to form a Spanish professional cycling team using many of its existing riders.

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47. Fernando Alonso cycles himself in order to maintain his fitness for Formula 1.

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48. On 26 June 2015 Fernando Alonso opened his own museum with a circuit named 'Museo y Circuito Fernando Alonso', dedicated to his racing career, in his hometown of Oviedo.

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49. Fernando Alonso has competed in the Race of Champions on two occasions—in 2001 and 2002.

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50. Fernando Alonso would use the same design for the World Endurance Championship, but without the number 14 on top and with different sponsors on it.

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51. Fernando Alonso used this design at the 2017 United States Grand Prix with the only changes revolve around F1 specific sponsors, and his race number changing from 29 used at Indy to his traditional 14 assigned to him in Formula One.

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52. Fernando Alonso introduced a special helmet during the 2011 season with a background gold helmet that was used in the 2011, 2012 and in the 2013 Monaco Grands Prix and in the 2011 Singapore Grand Prix.

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53. Fernando Alonso put a Ferrari logo on the back of the helmet, just above the drawing two aces.

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54. Fernando Alonso added a silver part in the back of the helmet.

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55. On 27 November 2018 it was announced that Fernando Alonso would race in the 2019 24 Hours of Daytona for Wayne Taylor Racing.

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56. Fernando Alonso was the first of the Ligiers in LMP2 and 1.2s faster than teammate Bruno Senna in the second United Autosports entry.

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57. On 26 October 2017 it was announced that Fernando Alonso would race in the 2018 24 Hours of Daytona—his first-ever endurance event—for the United Autosports sportscar team.

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58. Fernando Alonso was named the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year.

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59. On 14 August 2018, Fernando Alonso announced that he would not race in Formula One in 2019.

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60. Fernando Alonso would describe this race "one of the best races of my life".

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61. Fernando Alonso admitted seventh was a mere "coincidence" due to faster cars retiring and that McLaren had a lot of work ahead.

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62. Fernando Alonso managed to get the fastest lap of the race at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

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63. Fernando Alonso went on a four race scoreless run, retiring from the European Grand Prix, and failed to finish but was classified 18th for the Austrian Grand Prix.

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64. Fernando Alonso returned for the Chinese Grand Prix but could only finish 12th, one place ahead of teammate Jenson Button.

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65. Fernando Alonso eventually managed to use the pit stops to his advantage by pitting early and jumping Vettel.

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66. Fernando Alonso started the season by qualifying fifth in Australia; by the end of the first lap he had moved up to third.

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67. At the Japanese Grand Prix Fernando Alonso was hit from behind at the first corner and retired.

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68. Fernando Alonso finished the race three seconds adrift of Webber in second place.

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69. At the next round at Silverstone, Fernando Alonso took Ferrari's first pole since 2010, edging out Red Bull driver Mark Webber in a rain-hit session.

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70. Fernando Alonso took his fourth successive podium by finishing third in Hungary, before finishing fourth in Belgium, after being overtaken by Webber and Button in the closing stages.

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71. Fernando Alonso was running second to Vettel in the race, until a mistake from the Red Bull mechanics in a pit stop gave Alonso the lead, which he maintained until the end of the race to take his first victory of the season.

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72. Fernando Alonso was forced to retire in Canada after contact with Button left his car beached on a kerb.

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73. Fernando Alonso took his first podium of the season with third at the Turkish Grand Prix, having run second for a time and was only passed by Mark Webber on lap 51 of 58.

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74. Fernando Alonso scored his fifth fastest lap of the year, enough to give him the 2010 DHL Fastest Lap Award after a countback with Lewis Hamilton.

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75. Fernando Alonso said "This is ridiculous" on the team radio, supposedly complaining about Massa.

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76. Fernando Alonso started 24th and last but charged up to sixth.

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77. Fernando Alonso finished ninth in the drivers standings overall, scoring all of Renault's 26 points during the season.

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78. Fernando Alonso finished eighth in the Bahrain Grand Prix, despite struggling with a broken drinks bottle during the race, which resulted in him collapsing with dehydration during a post-race TV interview.

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79. Fernando Alonso finished the season fifth overall with 61 points, while enabling Renault to finish fourth in the constructors standings with 80 points, ahead of fifth-placed Toyota.

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80. Fernando Alonso dropped four places, but a fast final lap saw him reclaim the lost spots, passing Kubica and Sebastian Vettel at the final corner.

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81. Fernando Alonso failed to score in the next two races, finishing tenth at the Monaco Grand Prix, after puncturing a tyre against the barrier and a collision with Nick Heidfeld and retiring from the Canadian Grand Prix after crashing into the wall on lap 45, having qualified fourth.

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82. Fernando Alonso was running in fifth place when his engine blew on lap 35.

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83. Fernando Alonso was linked with several teams for the 2008 season after his split with McLaren.

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84. Fernando Alonso added that Alonso was "under the control of his engineer" when he was waiting in the pit lane.

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85. On 19 December 2005, Fernando Alonso announced that he would be moving to McLaren for 2007.

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86. Fernando Alonso finished second in Turkey, holding back third-placed Schumacher to claim two vital points, but he lost a lot of ground after a controversial Italian Grand Prix.

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87. Fernando Alonso became the first driver in history to finish first or second in the first nine races of the season, a record equalled by Sebastian Vettel in 2011.

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88. Fernando Alonso extended his winning streak to four races with victories in Britain and Canada.

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89. Fernando Alonso took pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix after Schumacher was penalised by the stewards for "deliberately [stopping] his car on the circuit in the last few minutes of qualifying", denying his rivals, Alonso included, the opportunity of recording fastest qualifying lap.

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90. Fernando Alonso qualified seventh at the Malaysian Grand Prix due to a fuelling error but finished second to teammate Giancarlo Fisichella.

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91. Fernando Alonso said, "It was a dream come true and a very emotional day.

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92. Fernando Alonso sealed the title by finishing third in Brazil while Montoya won from Raikkonen.

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93. Fernando Alonso crashed out of the former, and in the latter all the Michelin runners withdrew due to safety concerns over their tyres.

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94. Fernando Alonso finished the year sixth in the championship, with 55 points and four podiums.

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95. Fernando Alonso scored no points in the season and finished between his teammates Marques and Yoong in the standings; his best finish being tenth at the German Grand Prix.

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96. Fernando Alonso took the championship by one point from championship rival Manuel Giao by winning and setting fastest lap at the last race of the season.

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97. Fernando Alonso won the Spanish and Italian Inter-A titles in 1997 and in 1998 won the Spanish Inter-A title again as well as finishing second in the European Championship.

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98. Fernando Alonso replied "I believe things happen because they have to happen.

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99. Fernando Alonso revealed that the tattoo showed strength in his muscles, intelligence and force of will with inspiration from the Hagakure, the spiritual guide written by Yamamoto Tsunetomo in the 18th century.

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100. Fernando Alonso married Raquel del Rosario, lead singer of Spanish pop band El Sueno de Morfeo, on 17 November 2006.

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101. Fernando Alonso built a kart, originally meant for eight-year-old Lorena, but unlike her three-year-old brother, she showed no interest in the sport.

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