Fernando Alonso has been a part of the F1 circuit for over two decades now, having made his debut way back in 2001. The Spaniard has had an illustrious F1 career filled with several accomplishments and, till date, is the only Spanish driver ever to win both a Grand Prix and a World Championship.
Alonso won two back-to-back F1 Championships with Renault in 2005 and 2006. Since then, he has gone on to represent several other teams, which include Minardi, Ferrari, McLaren and, currently, Alpine.
In his long career, Alonso has managed 98 podium finishes and won 32 races. He had announced his retirement from the sport in 2018, but he returned to it by joining Alpine. Now coming to the end of his career, in the 2022 F1 season, Alonso will look to reach 100 podium finishes in his career and add another win to his accomplishments if possible.
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Fernando Alonso’s Bio
Full name: Fernando Alonso Díaz
Date of birth: 29 July 1981
Place of birth: Oviedo, Asturias, Spain
Current team: Alpine Renault Formula One
Fernando Alonso’s Salary as driver: US$20m (according to GQ)
Fernando Alonso’s Estimated net worth: US$240m (according to EssentiallySports)
First F1 appearance: Australian Grand Prix in March 2001 with Minardi
First F1 race win: Hungarian Grand Prix in August 2003 with Renault
First F1 World Championship win: 2005 season with Renault
Fernando Alonso’s Sponsors
Alonso is known for sporting some really cool sunglasses, which are designed specifically for him by Kimoa. Alonso founded the company in March 2017 and regularly sports its merchandise.
In February 2021, Finetwork, a Spanish fibre and mobile operator, announced Alonso as its brand ambassador. Finetwork has made waves in Spain, having positioned itself as a cheap and reliable network. The F1 driver joined the Spanish Football Federation in signing up with Finetwork.
In 2021, Alonso joined RAW Superdrink, an isotonic sports drink brand, as an ambassador and shareholder. This was his first sponsorship announcement since the news of his big return was broken by Alpine F1.
The deal sees RAW Super Drink take on the official organic beverage supplier category for Alpine Renault, with star driver Fernando Alonso becoming a brand ambassador for RAW Super Drink.
Bang & Olufsen (B&O)
Alonso linked up with Bang & Olufsen, a consumer electronics product company, in 2020. As part of this partnership, B&O sells limited-edition electronics goods signed by the Spaniard.
This collection is limited to only 14 speakers that are sold around the world. The number 14 was chosen as it’s Alonso’s lucky number and also his F1 car number.
Alonso tied up with Adidas in 2017 in a mega deal. He has been wearing and promoting Adidas merchandise ever since, with the 2022 F1 season expected to see this deal continue. As part of the deal, Alonso’s racing shoes and gloves are both sponsored by Adidas.
Amazon Prime video
In 2020, Amazon linked up with Alonso to create a sports documentary with the driver, chronicling his life and professional career.
Indy 500 Sponsors
While racing in the Indy 500, Alonso struck sponsorship deals with Progressive, Richard Mille, Bell Sports, Duelit, 226ers, Mission Foods, Ruoff Mortgage and Lucas Oil Products.