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How Fernando Alonso's debut season in F1 nearly didn't happen

Article To news overview © Flickr With multiple victories to his name, two world championships and a few dramatic moments thrown in along the way, Fernando Alonso has had quite a career in Formula 1, and ultimately has established himself as one of the most acclaimed drivers of recent times. But before all of this, the Spaniard started his F1 career in a very humble fashion with backmarkers Minardi, an opportunity that was fraught with behind-the-scenes drama. Alonso was given his chance with the Italian outfit back in 2001, aged just 19 at the time. His teammate would be Brazilian driver Tarso Marques, who had previously competed for the team during the 1996 and 1997 seasons. Both...
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