Winning back-to-back F1 championships, Fernando Alonso has raced for top F1 teams, making bold and brave decisions along the way.
As he retires, now is the time to look over his sparkling 17-year-long career, from his impressive early years to his dramatic downward trajectory.
As a racer in the Spanish national karting championship, Fernando Alonso built a reputation as a fast and determined young man. He had much success at junior level and won the 1999 Spanish Euro Open.
The following season, Alonso moved to Formula 3000 before moving to Formula 1.
In 2001, he had a full-time seat in Formula 1 for Minardi and became the third-youngest racer in F1 history.
McLaren, Renault and Ferrari
Despite coming 23rd in his first championship, Alonso moved to the Renault team in 2002 and was gifted a more competitive racing car.
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