Fernando Alonso made his start in motor racing at the wheel of a kart his father originally bought for Fernando’s sister.
He arrived in Formula 1 with Minardi in 2001 and four years later won his first world championship. He made it back-to-back titles the following year before making an ill-fated switched from Renault to McLaren.
He returned to Renault following an acrimonious split from McLaren, and in 2010 took Kimi Raikkonen’s place at Ferrari.
During 2020 Alonso re-signed for his former team Renault once again. However the team subsequently announced its rebranding as Alpine, its performance sub-brand.
Having tested regularly for the team late in 2020, Alonso’s preparations suffered a blow in February 2021 when he was involved in a road accident while cycling.