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How good was Fernando Alonso in his rookie season?


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Fernando Alonso, a talented young driver from Spain, made his Formula 1 debut in 2001 with the Minardi team. Despite the limited resources and competitiveness of the Minardi outfit, Alonso's performances showcased his immense potential. Let's take a closer look at his debut year in the pinnacle of motorsport.

  1. At the age of 19, Fernando Alonso stepped into the world of Formula 1, becoming the third-youngest driver to start a Grand Prix at that time. The Spanish prodigy had already impressed in lower formulae, earning a reputation as a promising talent.

  2. For his rookie season, Alonso secured a seat with the Minardi team, a small Italian outfit known for its underdog status. Despite limited resources and being a backmarker team, this opportunity allowed Alonso to gain crucial experience in Formula 1.

  3. Driving for a team with limited resources presented its challenges. Minardi's car, the PS01, was not as competitive as the front-running teams, making it a difficult task to achieve significant results. However, Alonso showcased his talent by consistently outperforming the car's capabilities.

  4. Throughout the 2001 season, Alonso displayed moments of brilliance. His ability to extract the maximum performance from the Minardi car was evident in races like the German Grand Prix, where he finished in an impressive 12th position, ahead of several more established drivers.

  5. Despite the lack of podium finishes or championship points, Alonso's performances did not go unnoticed by the paddock. His speed, racecraft, and maturity behind the wheel drew praise from the Formula 1 community, making him a driver to watch for the future.

  6. After his debut season with Minardi, Alonso's talent and potential were evident to the wider Formula 1 fraternity. His impressive performances paved the way for future opportunities with more competitive teams, leading to a successful career that included multiple World Championships.


In the end, we can say Alonso had a good debut season. With the underfunded Minardi he showed he was capable to get better results with a better car. He went of course for a year testing with Renault before coming back in 2003 for a full season.


Here the results of the rookie season of Fernando Alonso;

  1. Australian Grand Prix - 12th place

  2. Malaysian Grand Prix - 13th place

  3. Brazilian Grand Prix - Retired

  4. San Marino Grand Prix - Retired

  5. Spanish Grand Prix -13th place

  6. Austrian Grand Prix - Retired

  7. Monaco Grand Prix - Retired

  8. Canadian Grand Prix - Retired

  9. European Grand Prix - 14th place

  10. French Grand Prix - Retired

  11. British Grand Prix - 16th place

  12. German Grand Prix - 10th place

  13. Hungarian Grand Prix - Retired

  14. Belgian Grand Prix - DNS

  15. Italian Grand Prix - 13th place

  16. United States Grand Prix - Retired

  17. Japanese Grand Prix - 11th place

Now the question is too you readers; Do you think Alonso is this year just as quick as he was back in 2001? Leave it in the comments!

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