The Meaningful Value & Message Behind Fernando Alonso’s Tattoo

Published 02/15/2021, 9:57 AM EST
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 05: Fernando Alonso of Spain and McLaren F1 arrives at the circuit during previews ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone in Northampton, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso also has some artwork on his skin, much like the other drivers on the grid. However, the two-time world champion has more meaning behind it than what meets the eye.


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The Spaniard’s tattoo gets its inspiration from Hagakure, an 18th-century spiritual guide for the warrior.

Hagakure can be defined as a practical and spiritual guide for a warrior inspired by the collection of commentaries by Yamamoto Tsunemoto.


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It consists of the symbols of parents, mother, and father.

Fernando Alonso has an interesting tattoo on his back. It is inspired by the Hagakure, Yamamoto Tsunetomo’s 18th Century spiritual guide for the warrior

母父 – parents
母 – mother
父 – father#FernandoAlonso #FA14 #getwellsoonAlonso #AlpineF1Team

— Alpine F1 Updates (@startonpole) February 13, 2021

Fernando Alonso returning to the grid

Driving alongside Esteban Ocon, the two-time world champion will soon return to the grid with Alpine, Renault’s new rebranded team, for the upcoming 2021 season.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 13: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Renault Sport F1 poses for a photo with his 2005 F1 title winning Renault R25 and members of the Renault team from the same year during the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

This won’t be his first time driving with them. Alonso began his F1 journey with the team and won the 2005 and 2006 driver’s championship. After being let go by Mclaren during the 2008 season, he joined Renault again; however, he finished fifth with 61 points in the driver’s championship.

On the road to recovery

Alonso recently had a bike accident in Switzerland and was rushed to the hospital. He was kept there for further observation and found to have a broken jaw, for which he underwent corrective surgery.


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Alpine F1 Team Statement

— Alpine F1 Team (@AlpineF1Team) February 12, 2021

This was bad news for the French team, as the opening race was just six weeks away and fans were concerned his health, wondering if he would be able to recover in time for the season to start. However, the team put out a statement saying that he is recovering and would be available for the race in Bahrain.


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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.