This year’s prestigious Prince of Asturias Award for Sport has been given to Fernando Alonso, the young Spanish Formula One driver. The announcement was made by Juan Antonia Samaranch. The panel said Alonso’s victories and records were the “fruits of an exemplary ambition and a will to win that has opened up new horizons in the history of Formula One in Spain. Alonso is a native of the city of Oviedo were the announcement was made.The Prince of Asturias Awards are intended to recognise achievement in a range of fields including science, culture and sport. The 23-year-old holds the record as the youngest driver to win a grand prix and the youngest to hold pole position. Alonso seemed destined for stardom on the track from an early age. Spurred on by his father, who built his first kart, Alonso was competing in races from the age of eight. He quickly stood out at as a rare talent and was soon racing at junior national and international level. Three years after joining Renault his ascent to the top will be completed, if as expected, he becomes the youngest driver ever to win the world championship this year.