However Alonso's qualifying performance was good, outqualifying teammate Tarso Marques by 2.6 seconds on début.
Born in Oviedo, the capital of the autonomous region of Asturias, Alonso started in karting from the age of 3.
He won three consecutive karting championships in Spain from 1994 to 1997, and he became world karting champion in 1996.
On 25 September 2005, he won the Formula One World Drivers' Championship title at the age of 24 years and 58 days, at the time making him the youngest Formula One World Drivers' Champion.
After retaining the title the following year, Alonso also became the youngest double Champion at the time.
He made his Formula One debut in the 2001 season with Minardi, and then moved to the Renault team as a test driver the next year.