RACE DEBRIEF

    Still in shock that Fernando Alonso won’t be on the grid next season? Don’t worry, so are we. Here are the ten things we’ll miss the most about him…

    1. His amazing starts

    If getting a good getaway is an art form, then Alonso is a grand master. When it comes to the unique dance that is matching revs to bite point to wheelspin, no one does it better than the Spaniard. In some respects you have to feel sorry for Nando that he lived through the eras of traction and launch control, because they negated one of his greatest strengths.

    2019 Driver Details

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    Lewis Hamilton Few drivers have entered Formula 1 racing with as big a bang as Lewis Hamilton, whose sensational maiden season in 2007 - in which he lost out on the world championship by a single point - remains one of the most remarkable rookie campaigns in history.
    Sebastian Vettel A tour de force as he swept to four straight world championship crowns and countless Formula 1 records, Sebastian Vettel’s relentless hunger for victory, as much as his outstanding talent, secure his place as one of the sport’s greats.
    Charles Leclerc He may be a rookie on the 2018 grid, but Charles Leclerc’s single-seater credentials are impressive. GP3 champion in 2016; F2 champion in 2017; Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA) member; F1 testing experience with Ferrari; and F1 practice outings with both Haas and Sauber.Born on October 16, 1997, Leclerc is barely into his twenties, so it’s fair to say he looks to be firmly on the fast track to success. Hailing from Monaco, he was inevitably exposed to F1 at a young age, especially as his late father Herve was also a racing driver, who did well in F3 back in the Nineties.On top of that his best friend since childhood was the late Jules Bianchi, also an FDA member, and it was at the kart track belonging to Jules’ father Philippe that Leclerc first got behind the wheel, when he wasn’t even five years old.He made the step up to single-seaters in 2014 with a campaign in the Formula Renault 2.0 Alps series. Success came quickly, with two wins in his first year as well as three podiums from six outings in the more competitive Formula Renault 2.0 Euro series.

    2. His radio messages

    Spiky, witty, informative – Alonso’s radio patter could be described as all of these things and more. But one thing it’s never been is boring. From deliciously delivered put-downs of his fellow drivers to giving his engineers uplifting pep talks, we’re going to massively miss hearing Fernando’s charismatic tones over team radio.,

    Year Team Driver
    2019 Mercede Lewis Hamilton
    2018 Alpha Romeo Sebastian Vettel
    2017 Ferrari Charles Leclerc

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