Date of birth : 28 July 1981
Birthplace : Oviedo
Marital status : Single
Height : 171 cm
Weight : 68 kg

Wins : 0
Points scored : 0
Number of GP : 17
Pole Position : 0
Podiums : 0
First GP : 2001 (Melbourne)
Best result : 10


21-year-old Fernando has a very impressive racing history, the new Renault driver taking the Spanish Karting title at the age of thirteen. His determination to succeed only increased after taking this sweet victory and two years later he took the title again as well as becoming the World Karting Champion. 

This obviously talented Spanish youngster has been highly sought after in the world of Formula One as his achievements speak for themselves. His third Spanish Karting title came in 1997, making it three in four years. Form there he became the runner up in the European Kart championship before taking the Euro Open Championship for Nissan in 1999. 

In the 2000 season Fernando undertook testing duties for the Minardi outfit while competing in the Formula 3000 Championship. During his year in this series, the young Spaniard caught the attention of high profile teams such as Ferrari and Benetton. He competed for team Astromega and his season highlights included a sixth in Austria, second Hungary, and a win in Belgium. Combined, these results saw him finish sixth overall in the final championship standings. 

He progressed to the pinnacle of Motorsports in 2001 where he partnered thee more experienced Tarso Marques for the European Minardi team, making his debut in Melbourne. Some impressive performances soon followed but he opted to sit out active competition in 2002 and concentrate on testing duties for Renault. 

This role progressed into a full time drive for the French squad in 2003 where he will partner Jarno Trulli for his second full F1 season.  

C A R E E R  H I G H L I G H T S

1994 : Spanish Kart Champion
1996 : Spanish Kart Champion; World Kart Champion
1997 : Spanish Kart Champion
1998 : Runner-up, European Kart Championship
1999 : 1999 Euro Open by Nissan Champion
2000 : FIA International F3000 Championship (Team Astromega)
2001 : Formula 1 (Minardi), no points.
2002 : Formula 1 (Renault), third driver.




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