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A profile of Ferrari Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso
Alonso has only reached the top step of the podium once in 2011


"Fernando Alonso is loved by the Ferrari team and fans and this has developed further in 2011.

"The Spaniard has the maturity and experience to really drive the team forward, both in and out of the car. His skill and determination is undiminished.

"A victory at Silverstone confirms he never gives up, and that is why the team have re-signed him on an even longer term deal.

"He will win again, but if the team don't create a 2012 car which is fast out of the box and rewards his workload, they will incur his wrath for sure."


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 1 driver?

Tonio Liuzzi.

Previous teams: Minardi, Renault, McLaren
Nationality: Spanish
Born: 29/07/1981, Oviedo
Grand Prix debut: Australia 2001
World championships: 2005 and 2006

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?


Angelina Jolie or Keira Knightley?


James Bond or Austin Powers?

James Bond.

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