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Fernando Alonso

The lowdown on Fernando Alonso

Lee McKenzie's view

"Fernando Alonso is a double world champion but I'm not quite sure he has ever realised his full potential. This is the racer who always leads the polls for the most-talented driver on the race track. 

"He has made some strange and badly-timed decisions in his career when it comes to team choice. He was at Ferrari when they just weren't getting the results and now he's gone back to McLaren when they've probably got the worst car they've ever had. 

"Things are slowly turning around at the Honda-powered team and Alonso didn't seem to be losing his patience at the end of 2016, which he is quite known for. Wouldn't it be fantastic for him if he could win at least one more world championship?"

Fernando Alonso is the man who ended Michael Schumacher’s reign as F1 world champion in 2005.

Schumacher’s heir apparent - with plenty of hair too - he was once crowned the youngest double world champion in the history of the sport in 2006, but despite stints with McLaren, Renault and Ferrari, he’s somehow failed to add that elusive third title to his impressive tally since.

A five-year stint with Ferrari promised much, he won on his debut, and could have deservedly won titles in both 2010 and 2012 if for just a handful more points.

A racer with a never-say die attitude, he’s widely regarded as the finest driver on the current F1 grid, even if he’s struggled to race at the front since returning to McLaren in 2015.