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Fernando Alonso is clearly frustrated for his team owner Ferrari. The strikingly handsome Spaniard couldn't have a better car to steer the world renown courses as the No. 1 driver for his F-1 team. As the 2012 Gran Prix season just got underway in Melbourne, Australia, Alonso could not finish better than fifth. He was furious with that tepid result. Luckily, he can go back to his trailer on a daily basis as the engineers attempt to tweak his missile and re-organize that net worth of $239,807,500.
Recently divorced, the two-time former Formula One champion has been pushing hard to make Ferrari the dominate track power it once was. Alonso has worked his way into the pits of the Italian stallion's garage after stints with Renault, McLaren and back to Renault. In 2005 and 2006, he became the youngest ever F-1 Champ as he drove a Renault to the title. Michael Schumacher pushed him to the edge in 2006.
Through his ten-year career in F-1 cars, Alonso has racked up 27 first place finishes. He has stood on the podium – taking 1st, 2nd or 3rd – a total of 73 times. He held that coveted pole position 20 times in his career and as noted earlier, he grabbed two of the series Championships. At the beginning of the 2012 season, he has entered a total of 178 official Formula One Gran Prix races. Alonso legacy continues.
Whatever you do, don't play him in poker. Actually, Alonso is renown on the circuit for developing a quiver of card tricks. When races get suspended or postponed and the drivers have to wait out a delay, Alonso breaks into his act with the cards.
His recent divorce has taken a huge impact on his financial condition. Like other Formula One drivers who relocate to Switzerland for tax purposes, he kept a home there during marital bliss. But since the splitting of the sheets, he recently pulled up stakes in that tax haven and returned to Spain to be closer to his family and friends. Reports indicate that the move may cost upwards of $75 million in taxes.