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Fernando’s story is one of a child highly gifted behind the wheel, who,
from the beginning, could count on his father's support and enthusiasm,
and that of all the family. As a boy, José Luis Alonso, an explosives
expert, dreamt of go-kart racing, and tried to instil this enthusiasm
into his daughter, Lorena, who he tried to start off in competitions at
the age of 8 with a kart he had made himself.
German ace Michael Schumacher is widely recognised as being the world's
best ever racing driver. In 1995 Michael became the (at that time)
youngest double Formula 1 World Champion (1994 and 1995 seasons) ever.
He is also the 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 World Champion. This
phenomenal record speaks for itself. In 2003 he beat Juan Manuel
Fangio's five championships from the 1950s, by taking his sixth! He has
now retired from F1, at the end of the 2006 season.
We're excited to announce Lewis Hamilton's official fan community will
launch shortly! This brand new community is intended to bring Lewis's
fans closer to each other and foster greater interaction between Lewis
and his fans.
The official Lewis Hamilton fan community will feature amazing
benefits including exclusive access to a members-only area packed with
news, photos, contests, interviews, exclusive fan club merchandise and
many other features.
Your F1 hero?
I don't have one, but I used to love the racing between Ayrton Senna and
Alain Prost in the late '80s and early '90s. I liked James Hunt back in
his day, but not necessarily for racing reasons.
I built my career on auto-racing in Interlagos. As a matter of fact, I
was born in the neighborhood. At a very young age, I used to jump the
walls of the circuit to watch the races. My family still lives in the
neighborhood, and they still joke, saying that everything really got
started when my mother was eight months pregnant in Argentina to watch a
"Monaco was fun for some days but not for the long term", says Nick
about him moving from Monaco to Switzerland. It was during his time with
Sauber that he exchanged his home in Monaco for a house in the Swiss
town of Stäfa. “Built in the mid-19th century and restored using
traditional craftsmanship”, he likes to point out.
Jarno Trulli admits he is not a 'typical Italian'. He arrives early for
appointments; does not care for football, claiming he did not even
support Italy in the last World Cup; and he even has a Finnish name - he
is called Jarno after a Finnish motorcycle rider, something which
confused the Italian media when Trulli entered Formula One; "When I made
the announcement I was entering F1 with Minardi," he explains, "many
people thought I was Finnish. The Italians did not know me because I had
not driven in Italy!"
This year I've decided to do something different which will get you
closer to what's actually happening in the paddock on race weekends and
let you know what I think about it.
By starting my own Blog I'll be able to share my views and thoughts as
the season progresses. I'll try and keep it interesting but at the end
of the day, I'm a driver not a journalist.
At the same time that he was successfully pursuing the ultimate prize in
Karting, Tonio also finished second in the 2001 German Formula Renault
Championship. His performance in his first season of car racing together
with his Karting World title marked the young Italian as a future star
with the talent to take him to the top of the sport.
Born in Porto (24th of July of 1976), Portugal,
Monteiro was inspired by his father to begin racing, and drove in the
1997 French Porsche Carrera Cup. He took 5 wins and 5 pole positions to
become B-class champion and rookie of the year. In 1998, he moved on to
the French Formula 3 Championship, finishing 12th overall and taking the
rookie of the year award. He continued in the championship in 1999,
taking one win and three other podium positions to finish 6th overall.
He also competed in the 24 hours of Le Mans race, finishing 16th overall
and 6th in the GT2 class. In the International Renault Finals held at
Estoril, Monteiro claimed the win after taking pole position and the
fastest lap of the race.
The journey from two-wheel pedal-powered racing to the pinnacle of
motorsport competition laid bare: little more than a decade ago, Takuma
Sato was a teenaged bicycle racer in Japan, dreaming that his
two-wheeled chain-driven mount was a powerful racing car. Now that dream
is reality, as he is established as one of the Formula 1 elite.
My childhood and my youth have always been tied to cars. Mario, my dad,
and my brother Alberto always talked to me about cars. And they spoke
and read to me about these characters who were racing drivers described
as knights of the round table who fought against monsters and did heroic
deeds. Even then I had some doubts: “They’re certainly like that”, I
told myself, “but they’re just like all other men”.
I’ve never had and I don’t have any role-models. We’re all equal and
similar. But because of luck, aptitude and ambition there are those who
manage to get higher or lower – but always because they’ve found a
fertile land to plough that they can willingly work on. And I’ve never
happened to think that someone would like to make a legend out of me:
I’d like to meet him in order to thank him and tell him not to do it…