Fernando Alonso: Shedding the Paradigms of a Champion
By: Jeremy McMullen
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By: Jeremy McMullen
| If, while watching a Formula One race, you see one car in particular losing parts, and yet, seemingly going faster, you've found Fernando Alonso. Sometimes it would appear the aerodynamically sensitive pieces, like the barge boards and diffuser strakes, only slow Alonso down. No matter what, this twenty-five year old double-world champion makes Formula One fun again. Breathtaking speeds and pieces of bodywork slung off in all directions like a sparkler on the fourth of July all add to the spectacle that is Fernando Alonso; it is what makes watching him amazing and fun.
But it isn't merely bodywork Fernando has eliminated to enable himself to go faster. In only four years of competition in Formula One Alonso has also destroyed the norms; the apparent qualifications that are necessary before a driver can be considered a viable contender for world champion. Alonso is one of Formula One's prodigies; a talent beyond his years.
After what seemed a millennium of status-quo racing, passing and excitement returned to Formula One. All throughout the period from 2000-2004 it seemed the number of on-track passes that took place could have been counted on one hand. Were it not for Fernando, Juan Montoya, Kimi Raikkonen, and to some degree, David Coulthard, each F1 race for the last few years would consist of a parade of cars only making a lot of noise. And though not alone, it would appear that the young and brash style Alonso brought to the table seemed to fit the Renault Team's style better than, say, either Raikkonen's or Montoya's at McLaren-Mercedes.
From day one of his Formula One career Alonso has had his foot firmly held down on the gas. Almost like a kid at play, Fernando's style is fast, almost reckless, but a whole lot of fun to watch. It is, however, this 'at play' attitude that caused many people to fail to take notice and take such a driver seriously in the past. Alonso has changed all that.
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