“No, no, he’s not disruptive at all. I think he’s pretty coherent in his views and he knows what he wants, but most people who are very good at their job do and I think that’s a strength as well. He doesn’t waver from what he wants, he’s mentally very strong, able to adapt to whatever the regulations are; he’ll get on top of it and he’ll ring 100% out of the car, if not more. I think he tends to amalgamate people just because of how good he is.” (Rob Smedley, 2014)
Following Fernando Alonso’s departure from Ferrari, former Ferrari race engineer Rob Smedley described his persona via above sentences. As globally-known, Fernando is regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers in the history of the sport. However, F1 fans know his career backwards and forwards very well! Aside from his achievements on the grid, he came to the fore with some controversies such as Spygate, Crashgate, longer pit in the qualifying session of 2007 Hungaroring and controversial victory behind Massa at Hockenheim in 2010.
Nevertheless, Fernando is a two-time Formula One World Champions and formerly the youngest driver to qualify on pole position and to win a Grand Prix as well as the youngest World champion and double World Champion! What’s more, he had held the record for most career championship points for two years. He already won two – the Monaco Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans – of the three races in order to make up the Triple Crown of Motorsport, and he will probably focus on achieving this ambition by winning at Indianapolis 500 in the near future.
By the way, please be reminded that his victory at the 2012 European Grand Prix in Spain is considered as one of the greatest ones by reason of starting from 11th on the grid!