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Fernando Alonso


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Fernando Alonso 2009 Season Stats

Last updated: Thursday, 15 November 2012 12:33 UK
Race Date Start Finish Race Pts Total Pts
Australian GP 29 Mar 2009 10 5 4 4
Malaysian GP 5 Apr 2009 9 11 0 4
Chinese GP 19 Apr 2009 2 9 0 4
Bahrain GP 26 Apr 2009 7 8 1 5
Spanish GP 10 May 2009 8 5 4 9
Monaco GP 24 May 2009 9 7 2 11
Turkish GP 7 Jun 2009 8 10 0 11
British GP 21 Jun 2009 10 14 0 11
German GP 12 Jul 2009 12 7 2 13
Hungarian GP 26 Jul 2009 1 18 0 13
European GP 23 Aug 2009 8 6 3 16
Belgian GP 30 Aug 2009 13 15 0 16
Italian GP 13 Sep 2009 8 5 4 20
Singapore GP 27 Sep 2009 5 3 6 26
Japanese GP 4 Oct 2009 16 10 0 26
Brazilian GP 18 Oct 2009 10 20 0 26
Abu Dhabi GP 1 Nov 2009 15 14 0 26

"It was inevitable that Fernando Alonso would end up at Ferrari sooner rather than later and after a difficult year at Renault that is exactly where he will be in 2010.

"Ferrari is his natural home. The team will embrace him and I expect him to be awesome there - so long as the team have found the downforce and grip for him to deliver the goods.

"The Spaniard has said on the BBC that he may not be the fastest around, but this is simply modesty because he has staggering natural speed.

"Alonso rarely has an off day and you sense that, a bit like Ferrari's great champion Michael Schumacher, he can drive around any problem on the track or with the car.

"The double world champion is one of the most complete drivers out there and he would be in my dream team.

"But he is a difficult and demanding character to handle, as McLaren found out in 2007.

"He shakes the tree hard and collects the fruit for himself - let's see how he gets on at Ferrari."


Fernando Alonso

What three words would you use to describe what it's like to be a Formula 1 driver?

You have to be talented and lucky, but it's very enjoyable!

What is the biggest perk of the job?

Driving these amazing cars. We all love motor racing and Formula 1 has the best technology so we are fortunate to be behind the wheel of these cars.

How would you like to be remembered as an F1 driver?

Hopefully as a great champion.

What is your most embarrassing sporting moment?

It was my first race in Australia 2001 with Minardi. There was no chance to test before Melbourne and so I arrived there never having driven the car. During Friday practice I nearly hit the car in front of me in the pit lane as I couldn't find the neutral button. I found it at the last moment and managed to avoid a collision!

Who is the worst dressed Formula One driver?

Tonio Liuzzi.

Fernando Alonso's 2009 helmet
Previous teams: Minardi, Renault and McLaren
Car number: 7
Nationality: Spanish
Born: 29/07/1981, Oviedo
Grand Prix debut: Australia 2001
Grands Prix entered: 140
Wins: 21
Pole positions: 18
Podiums: 53
World championships: 2
Points: 577

Ayrton Senna or Alain Prost?


Spa or Monaco?


Who is the greatest sportsman of all time?

It's not an easy question to answer - perhaps Michael Jordan.

What would be your perfect day off?

Being at home with my family and having a nice dinner together.

Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?

The Maldives.

What is the most expensive thing that you own?

My classic car.

What is your favourite item of clothing?


What is your favourite music to drive to?

Any pop music.

Which famous person - dead or alive - would you like to have dinner with and why?

With Jim Carrey - the actor - because I'm sure he would make me laugh.

Tell us something about yourself that most F1 fans might not know.

The fans know quite a lot already! I don't think I have any secrets.

Steve McQueen or Paul Newman?

Paul Newman

Boxers or briefs?


Angelia Jolie or Keira Knightley?


James Bond or Austin Powers?

James Bond.

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Drivers' world championship

Last updated: 27 Nov 2016 14:53 UK
Position Country Driver Points
1 Ger N Rosberg 385
2 GB L Hamilton 380
3 Aus D Ricciardo 256
4 Ger S Vettel 212
5 M Verstappen 204
6 Fin K Raikkonen 186
7 Mex S Perez 101
8 Fin V Bottas 85
9 Ger N Hulkenberg 72
10 Spa F Alonso 54

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