People often forget about the past and forget about who truly changed motorsports for the better and put them where it is today. They forget about the personalities who had a big impact on how things are today. Of course, I’m referring to the giants that graced our sport, idols that made us believe in racing. Those icons have left us but they will never be forgotten, and one name that comes to mind is Fernando Alonso.
When I think of one of the greatest drivers in F1 history, Fernando Alonso comes immediately to mind. In my opinion, no one in the sport has shown such a relentless desire to win or has pushed himself and his car so close to the limit, as he had done. And one couldn’t ask for a better role model than this young Spaniard, who is not only another true F1 legend but also a genuine personality.
He has won two world championships and has been consistently one of the fastest drivers on the grid for over a decade.
Alonso made his debut with Minardi in 2001 before moving to Renault in 2003. His first win came at the 2005 Bahrain Grand Prix, where he also scored his first pole position. In 2006, Alonso became world champion for the first time after winning eight races that season.
He moved to McLaren in 2007 but struggled during his three seasons there due to poor car performance and reliability issues. In 2010, Alonso returned to Renault where he had more success with three more wins and another runner-up spot behind Sebastian Vettel at the 2011 Japanese Grand Prix.
At the end of 2012, Alonso joined Ferrari but suffered a difficult 2013 season as he struggled with poor reliability and performance from his F138 chassis while teammate Felipe Massa scored five podium finishes including two wins during that year’s championship battle between himself and Red Bull’s Vettel who won four races on his way to his third world title before switching teams to Mercedes for 2014 where he would go on to win another four races including three consecutive victories
Fernando Alonso is one of the most talented drivers to have ever been on the F1 circuit. He is also one of the most controversial, as he has always tended to try and get what he wants regardless of what it takes.
Alonso made his F1 debut in 2001 with Minardi, and since then he has been at McLaren (2005-2006), Renault (2007-2009), and Ferrari (2010-2016). He won two world championships with Renault in 2005 and 2006, while also winning Le Mans in 2018 with Toyota.
Alonso’s career has not been without controversy, though. He has often struggled with his teammates at various points throughout his career, which is something that hasn’t gone unnoticed by fans and media alike. This has led many people to question whether or not he is a good fit for any particular team due to his reputation as someone who can be difficult to work with at times.
However, there are plenty of people who believe that Alonso deserves more credit than he gets for his achievements in F1 because he has achieved so much despite being on teams that weren’t always capable of giving him the best possible chance of winning races or championships.