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Citi Private Bank hails Fernando Alonso’s Daytona triumph

By Citi Private Bank,

January 28, 2019Posted InCiti

Citi Private Bank hails legendary motor racing driver Fernando Alonso on yet another historic career milestone. On 26-27 January, Fernando battled to a memorable victory at the 24 Hours of Daytona, one of endurance racing’s most iconic events, and in only his second year of taking part. His latest triumph comes in the wake of his wins at 2018’s 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Citi Private Bank sponsored Fernando in all of these races.

Taking place from sunrise to sunrise, the 24 Hours of Daytona is an extreme challenge for both drivers and their cars. The skills required and the conditions faced are often very different from those in Formula One racing, where Fernando spent most of his career. His Daytona performance was all the more impressive given the persistent rain that fell for much of the time, said to be some of the worst in the race’s six-decade history. Fernando also became only the third-ever former Formula One World Champion to win the Daytona event.

“We were absolutely blown away by Fernando Alonso’s victory at Daytona,” said Peter Clive Charrington, Global Head of Citi Private Bank. “Once again, his determination, precision, and teamwork were outstanding, all in the face of some of the most trying conditions imaginable. Fernando exemplifies professionalism and the relentless pursuit of excellence wherever in the world he competes, values that Citi Private Bank shares. We are extremely proud of our association with him and look forward to accompanying him on his next thrilling drive.”

In May, Fernando is set to compete in the 2019 Indianapolis 500 race. The event makes up one-third of motor racing’s ‘Triple Crown,’ an unofficial achievement that also requires victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Monaco Grand Prix. As Fernando has already won the latter two races, he would become only the second driver in history to complete the ‘Triple Crown’ if he can win at Indianapolis.