"The warrior does not say, or in jest, words that denote weakness of mind. The deepest of the heart is discovered even in insignificant things », this Fernando Alonso wrote on Twitter after a reading of Japanese texts. And it is that his sporting career is, by value and passion, similar to that of a samurai.
Dispute racing 1 Formula is for Alonso more than the expression of a dream. His talent came as standard and his swift career made his best dream come true with only 24 years.
The pilot «Fernado Alonso»
In September of 2005 Fernando proclaims himself World Champion of Formula 1, the youngest in history to get it. That same year he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for Sports. In 2006 it returned to be world champion, later it would obtain three subchampionships and a third position. So young and seems to have no records to overcome or goals to achieve. With 21 years he was the youngest driver to achieve a pole position, with 22 the youngest to win a Grand Prix. Maybe he was also the youngest to start in the world of motorsport: with only 3 years already competed in go-kart circuits.
He has won more than 30 Grand Prix and takes the path of becoming the most successful in the history of this sport.
«The Nano» decided a few years ago to open a museum with his name. A museum that reviews his prolific career and his commitment to the different teams, a bet that has made him one of the pilots who knows the ins and outs of all the teams. Minardi, Renault, McLaren, Ferrari ... «Magic ALonso» is a Nomad of the 1 Formula, that's why his museum is so amazing.
The Museum «Fernando Alonso»
The complex, located in La Morgal - in the Asturian municipality of Llanera, to 12 kilometers from Oviedo-, has an area of 95.442 square meters, distributed among the museum, a spectacular go-kart circuit, with a road education area and a specialized driving section. Alonso himself collaborated in the design of the circuit, which with 1.800 meters can host international competitions and faithfully reproduces some of its favorite sections, such as the Suzuka "s", the last curve of Valencia or the Chican of Parma. The Karting is, for Alonso, the best pilot school. And he says it from experience. With this exceptional circuit, Alonso and the foundation that bears his name are involved in the training of new talents. It also promotes from this headquarters, scholarships aimed at university students to intensify the systems of child safety in the car.
The museum itself houses some three hundred pieces of the provisional legacy of the pilot, including all the cars with which he has competed since the 3 years. As the 5 Ferrari with which it competed between the 2010 and 2014 seasons. It also highlights the Renault R23 with which he achieved his first pole (Malaysian GP 2003) and his first victory (Hungarian GP 2003). Two more Renault, The R25 and R26, occupy a special place for being the cars with which he won the world championships in the seasons 2005 and 2006, respectively. Visitors can also enjoy the McLaren MP4 / 4 with which Ayrton Senna won his first 1988 title. Monoplaza in which José Luis Alonso, father of the Asturian pilot, was inspired to build the first kart of his son. The kart, which is part of the permanent exhibition, was the one with which Alonso began his career of triumphs.
In total you can see a total 17 single seater, numerous helmets, gloves, overalls, boots, photographs, videos and dozens of trophies of the world champion. It is a collection started from the beginning of his career and that at first had a private character. Now everyone can enjoy it.
So do not miss it. In addition, in the museum you can also make a souvenir of your visit: shirts, hats, polos ... available in your exclusive store.Text: © Ramón Molleda for desdeasturias.com
Information of interestIts opening hours are from 10: 00 to 20.00 every day of the week, including Sundays and holidays. The price of the entrance is 15 euros, but both older 65 and children between 4 and 12 years can benefit from a discount and pay only 10 euros. There are also special offers for groups.
How to get to Fernando Alonso's museum?
The circuit and museum of Fernando Alonso is practically halfway between Oviedo and Gijón, near the technology park of Asturias and its access is easy from the A66 or the AS2, from which you have to take the detour through the AS17 that crosses the industrial estate in which the facilities are located.