Why Does Fernando Alonso Race With Number 14?

Published 08/20/2021, 9:17 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – June 24, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso walks the track ahead of Steiermark Grand Prix REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger


In 2014, Formula One introduced some major changes to the sport. They introduced the new turbo-hybrid power units, which are still in use, and they allowed drivers to choose their own numbers. While the then reigning champion, Sebastian Vettel chose 5 and 2006 champion Fernando Alonso chose the number 14.

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In a recent video, Alonso tells the reason behind why he chose the number 14. The number is connected to a very special event in his life.

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I had no doubt that #14 is my number: Fernando Alonso

Alonso won the Formula One title in 2005 and 2006 with Renault. The next season, he got #1 on his car. Now, the Spanish driver races for Alpine with his preferred number 14.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 7, 2021, Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in action during practice REUTERS/Albert Gea

“When I was 14 years old, the 14 of July and with a go-kart with the number #14, I was world champion. From that moment on, I had no doubt that #14 is my number,” said Fernando.

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The Alpine driver mentions that the criticism this season has been a blessing

As reported by F1.com, Fernando Alonso made his comeback to F1 this year with Alpine. There were a lot of doubts regarding his return, as he had been out of the sport for two entire seasons. He faced some criticism in his early races, but Alonso took the criticism as a blessing.

“They were a blessing because I knew it was only a matter of time before people appreciated if I finished a race in 10th place,” said Alonso.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021, Alpine’s Fernando Alonso ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

“Had I always been in front of [team mate Esteban] Ocon, had I always been in the points, they [the critics] would have said what they’ve said throughout my career, which is that my teammate was not at the same level and that the car had more potential, but that I was missing out.

Then, if suddenly they think I am done, they appreciate anything I accomplish much more. Some races were not great, like France, for example, where I finished ninth. It was a good race, but nothing special. But it was considered to be a super performance because I was doing good races again. It was a good thing.” explained Alonso.

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Alonso is currently trailing his teammate Ocon by 1 point in the championship.

Can Alonso finish ahead of Ocon in his comeback season? Let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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