Nearly 10 years have past since a young 25 year old Fernando Alonso clinched his first Formula One drivers title in Sao Paulo in such style finally putting an end to the Ferrari and Michael Schumacher reign over Formula One.
In late 2005 he had signed for McLaren for 2007, he still fought hard in 2006 for Renault clinching another world title beating a resurgent yet retiring Michael Schumacher. His contracted three year deal with the woking squad was cut short after just one year due to a massive fall out of relations in the team including the well-documented issues with his own team mate in the shape of rookie of Lewis Hamilton.
After losing out to Kimi Raikkonen in 2007 coming joint 2nd place in the standings with Lewis Hamilton he went back to his former team Renault. He was still making headlines for more unfortunate reasons after the crashgate scandal from the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix where his team-mate at the time crashed his car on purpose at the behest of team principal Flavio Briatore.
In 2010 he finally caught a break in signing for Ferrari, scoring 5 wins in his maiden season with the Scuderia – but it wasn’t enough to give him a third title. 2012 really showed the latin raw determination he has within him after dragging an underperforming car to within three points of another title.
Will Fernando Alonso ever win again?
Since leaving the prancing horse in it’s Maranello stable, a trip back to McLaren was a shock choice for us all when announced in December 2014, but with McLaren having some serious teething troubles with new engine partners Honda, has Alonso seen the last of the top step of the podium?
We all know how good Alonso is behind the wheel and is widely regarded as still the best complete driver in the field, he had helped Renault develop into a championship winning team and has the ability to drag even the worst of cars to a decent finish where they shouldn’t be.
McLaren and Honda clearly have the resources to fight their way back to the top, despite their troubles so far in the 2015 season there has been clear improvements from winter testing a mere 3 months ago, the car does still look a handful and the engine still powered down and it’s drivability is sketchy at best. We are all still wondering if Fernando and Jenson ever lift another winners trophy with this illustrious pairing of McLaren-Honda?