One of the world’s foremost Formula One racers will soon be hitting the brakes with his career in the racing class.
Fernando Alonso, two-time champion and 17-year Formula One veteran, recently announced that he would be retiring at the end of the current season in order to focus on other ventures in auto racing.
But just who is Fernando Alonso? How has his long career in Formula One racing impacted his net worth? Here’s all you need to know about the iconic racer, including his career, net worth and recent retirement announcement.
Who is Fernando Alonso?
Fernando Alonso is a professional Formula One racer currently competing for McLaren who’s won the world championship twice over the course of his career.
He was born on July 29, 1981 in Oviedo, Spain.
Alonso started karting at age three, later winning three consecutive karting championships in his native Spain and being named as the world champion in 1996. He made his debut in Formula One in 2001 with Minardi before moving to Renault as a test driver in 2002.
After becoming one of his team’s main drivers in 2003, Alonso won the 2005 Formula One World Drivers’ Championship at age 24, becoming the youngest world champion ever. He later successfully defended his title in 2006 with another victory before also winning the famed Monaco Grand Prix in 2006 and 2007.
He later joined McLaren in 2007 before returning to Renault in 2008 and 2009.
After joining Scuderia Ferrari in 2010, he won 11 Grand Prix races and placed second overall in Formula One standings in 2010, 2012 and 2013 before joining McLaren in 2015.
More recently, he won the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans race and is currently in first place in the ongoing 2018-2019 season of the FIA World Endurance Championship, solidifying his status as one of the world’s elite auto racers.
Alonso recently announced his retirement from Formula One racing after 17 in the racing class.
How old is Fernando Alonso?
Fernando Alonso is 37 years old.
He was born on July 29, 1981.
What is Fernando Alonso’s net worth?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Fernando Alonso’s net worth is believed to be roughly $240 million (£188.7 million).
How does Fernando Alonso make his money?
Alonso mainly draws his impressive wealth from his successful auto racing career, having won the Formula One World Championship twice and the Euro Open by Nissan and the 24 Hours of Le Mans races once apiece.
In addition, he’s also reportedly raked in millions from endorsements with brands like Pirelli and Citibank and also serves as the cofounder and brand ambassador for Kimoa, a clothing and accessories retail company based in his native Spain.
Who is Fernando Alonso’s wife?
Fernando Alonso is currently believed to be single, though has reportedly been in a relationship with Italian model Linda Morselli since 2017.
Previously, Alonso was married to singer Raquel del Rosario from November 2006 until December 2011.
Formula One retirement
Recently, Alonso announced that he would be retiring from Formula One racing at the end of the current season.
Dear F1 ….. pic.twitter.com/G9ZzdMwgMn
— Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) August 14, 2018
Alonso has reportedly grown frustrated with McLaren’s recent disappointing performance and has subsequently decided to retire in November 2018.
In a statement from McLaren, the racing legend said: ‘After 17 wonderful years in this amazing sport, it’s time for me to make a change and move on. I have enjoyed every single minute of those incredible seasons and I cannot thank enough the people who have contributed to make them all so special.
‘There are still several grands prix to go this season, and I will take part in them with more commitment and passion than ever. Let’s see what the future brings; new exciting challenges are around the corner.’
In an emotional Twitter video, Alonso paid tribute to Formula One and recounted his career while also announcing that he’ll be moving on to new challenges, saying: ‘I wasn’t sure if I wanted to get to know you.
‘When I barely knew how to walk, I ran towards your noise without knowing anything about you.
‘We had some very good times, some unforgettable, others really bad. Every time I close my visor I feel your energy, your warm embrace.
‘But today, I have some bigger challenges than those you can offer me. Still driving at my best is how I want to remember you. I know you love me and be certain that I love you too.’
Notably, Alonso is not retiring from auto racing entirely but will instead focus his career on other forms of the sport around the world.
He’s thought to be likely to move into IndyCar racing in the future, aiming to become only the second racer in history to complete the vaunted triple crown of racing by winning the Monaco Grand Prix, 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Indy 500.
Originally published at Daily Mail