Fernando Alonso: A profile of the Ferrari driver

Ferrari started the season with their worst car in nearly 20 years - and yet they are better placed after the first eight races than they have been since 2008.

There is one main reason for this - Fernando Alonso has driven stupendously, underlining why so many of his rivals consider him to be the best driver on the grid.

Alonso has not put a foot wrong, while at the wheel of a car that, at the start of the season at least, was very difficult to drive, and has not let a single point go begging.

Alonso's stats and facts

  • Team: Ferrari
  • Team-mate: Felipe Massa
  • Previous teams: Minardi, Renault, McLaren
  • Nationality: Spanish
  • Born: 29/07/1981, Oviedo
  • Grand Prix debut: Australia 2001
  • World Championships: 2005, 2006

The same cannot quite be said of the team - there is the suggestion that even better results could have been obtained at a few races had the strategy brains on the pit wall been a little more alive.

All the while, the car - and the results Alonso has been delivering with it - have been getting better and better.

If Ferrari can maintain that upward trend in performance, Alonso will be very difficult to beat this season.