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Back in 2001, Fernando Alonso made a low-key Formula 1 debut that nevertheless caught the eye of those in the know. This year, another rookie is putting in stellar performances that totally outshine his machinery
Fernando Alonso's first season in Formula 1 was a pointless one.
He was classified last of the regular drivers, failed to score a point and was behind Minardi teammate Tarso Marques - a driver nobody tipped for great things in grand prix racing in the future – in the championship. The black-and-white facts are those of a rookie season of an F1 nonentity.
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