After Fernando Alonso found himself back in a Renault yesterday for a test drive, WTF1 wanted to look back at how life has changed since the two-time F1 Champion first raced with the French team. Ah, simpler times.

Mobile phones had three uses: Texting. Calling. Playing Snake.

Fernando Alonso and Jarno Trulli Malaysia 2003 © XPB Images
Fernando Alonso and Jarno Trulli Malaysia in 2003 © XPB Images

Sim Racing involved a basic wheel hooked up to a TV the size of an oven. 

Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button have fun on a simulator for a Sony Playstation 2 Event © XPB Images
Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button have fun on a simulator for a Sony Playstation 2 Event in 2003 © XPB Images

Everyone tried to own the ‘Surfer Look’ with shell necklaces, leather bracelets and hair bands. Please don’t bring this trend back. I beg you.

Fashion Icon Fernando Alonso at the 2004 Indianapolis GP © XBP Images
Fashion Icon Fernando Alonso at the 2004 Indianapolis GP © XBP Images

Disposable cameras were a must-have. Use up your film, take it to get developed, realise your thumb is in half the shots. It happened.

Alonso switched roles for the 2006 Melbourne GP, instead taking on the role of paparazzi. © XPB Images
Alonso switched roles for the 2006 Melbourne GP, instead taking on the role of paparazzi. © XPB Images

 

 

Coloured lenses on your sunglasses were a big trend. Match the colour to your outfit for extra style points. 

Effortless glamour from Fernando and his tinted shades at the 2005 Monaco GP © XPB Images
Effortless glamour from Fernando and his tinted shades at the 2005 Monaco GP © XPB Images

 

‘Soul Patches’ were a totally acceptable facial hair option. Something else that we need to leave in the early ’00s. Someone get that soul patch its own Instagram account.

Alonso opting for some interesting facial hair choices at Malaysia in 2004 © XPB
Alonso opting for some interesting facial hair choices at Malaysia in 2004 © XPB

 

Owen Wilson was an actor and not Lightning McQueen. 

Giancarlo Fisichella and Alonso with Hollywood's Owen Wilson © XPB Images
Giancarlo Fisichella and Alonso with Hollywood’s Owen Wilson © XPB Images

 

Everyone owned one of those beanies that also doubled as a cap. Fashion darling, learn about it.

He was a skater boy, he said see you later boy. © XPB Images
He was a skater boy, he said see you later boy. © XPB Images