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Alonso crowned world champion 12 Dec 2005

2005 FIA Awards Banquet Monaco, Friday 9th December 2005 Fernando Alonso and Flavio Briatore Photo source: Renault © Malcolm Griffiths/LAT

Fernando Alonso and the Renault team were in Monaco this weekend to collect their trophies for winning the 2005 Formula One Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships.

The FIA Prizegiving Gala was held in the Salle des Etoiles of the Sporting d'Ete in Monte Carlo, and was attended by His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco, FIA President Max Mosley, and representatives from throughout the motorsport world.

"I look at this trophy and say to myself that one day, when I have children, I will be able to tell them that I was World Champion!” said a delighted Alonso, the youngest man ever to take the title. “It represents the work of a whole team, and the achievement of a dream. We had to fight to win this, and I am proud to have done so.

“Hopefully, this is just the start. I am only 24 years old and I hope to come back on this stage many times in the future, to receive this prize. At present, I have achieved my ambition and I need to find new challenges now. 2006 will be one of them. This title has taught me that the most important thing in life is to be happy. Today, I really am."

Collecting the constructors’ prize for Renault, team boss Flavio Briatore commented: "This tribute is very important to us. Since Renault returned to F1 in 2002, we have improved step by step, and finally won both championships through our hard work. Personally, I am delighted. But this is an award for the whole team. More than 800 people worked tirelessly to allow Renault to fight at the front, and a whole family of partners supported us. This is their trophy."

In a further tribute to Renault’s 2005 success, one of their Formula One cars was suspended vertically on the stage as a backdrop to the awards ceremony.