July 29, 1981 (42)
Fernando Alonso is a Spanish racing driver who is widely regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time. Born in Oviedo, Spain, Alonso began karting at the age of three, and quickly developed a passion for motorsport that would propel him to international fame.
Throughout his career, Alonso has played many different roles, including that of test driver, team leader, and championship contender. He has driven for some of the biggest teams in the sport, including Renault, Ferrari, and McLaren, and has competed against some of the most talented drivers in the world.
One of the milestones in Alonso’s career came in 2005, when he won his first Formula One World Championship with Renault. He followed this up with another championship in 2006, making him the youngest back-to-back champion in the history of the sport at the time.
Alonso has also achieved numerous other accolades and awards throughout his career. He has won the prestigious Laureus World Sports Award for Breakthrough of the Year, as well as the Prince of Asturias Award for Sports.
In addition to his achievements on the track, Alonso has also collaborated with a number of celebrities and influential people throughout his career. He has worked with musicians like Pharrell Williams, who produced a track for one of Alonso’s charity projects, as well as fellow Spaniard and tennis player Rafael Nadal, who Alonso has been friends with for many years.
Other notable collaborations include working with Hollywood actor Michael Fassbender, who Alonso coached for a film role in which Fassbender portrayed a racing driver. Alonso has also worked with professional cyclists, including Alberto Contador and Peter Sagan, on various charity projects.
In addition to his work in motorsport and celebrity collaborations, Alonso is also a passionate animal lover and has been involved in a number of animal advocacy initiatives. He is a supporter of the World Wildlife Fund and has worked closely with animal non-profit organizations to raise awareness and funds for animal welfare causes.