After securing his 31st win and ending a 13 race win drought, Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso may wonder how and why his luck changed – well he need not look much further than his companion during the weekend in China.
Last year ahead of the 2012 German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, Fernando Alonso arrived in the paddock time flaunting his new flame, Russian model Dasha Kapustina. Three days later Alonso went on to win the race with Dasha smiling broadly in among the celebrating Ferrari crew below the podium.
Fast forward eight months, with no victory to his credit during that period, Alonso returned to his winning ways with a commanding victory in the 2013 Chinese Grand Prix.
Common denominator? Dasha Kapustina with him throughout the weekend – which also marked the one year anniversary since the couple were first seen publicly partying at a nightclub in Shanghai.
Granted Dasha was also at last year’s Korean Grand Prix and the Brazilian Grand Prix where her man finished third and second respectively. Still four podiums, two of which were victories, in the four races where she was present to watch Fernando is in our books a lucky charm.
Kapustina is a Russian model born in Vladivostok, Russia, on 13 December 1989. She studied Human Resources at the Far Eastern Federal University in Russia and has been dating Alonso since 2012.
The Spaniard,a two times F1 world champion, was married for five years to Spanish pop star Raquel del Rosario, the pair made public their divorce in December 2011.