By 1991 Fernando’s passion was becoming more intense, and travel and materials increasingly costly. “We didn’t have the financial resources to allow Fernando to compete at higher levels. The costs just rocketed,” according to José Luis. “Fernando was always aware of the efforts which we were all making as a family. I would be going along to all the races to act as his mechanic, his mum had to do without seeing her son at weekends, which was the only time she could be with him. Lorena didn’t get as much time with her brother as she would have liked, quite apart from the financial costs involved. The only way to progress was for Fernando to win races and for someone to mark him down as a racing driver for the future, as none of the official bodies or companies we asked for support would help us out. Fernando knew that if he was to go any further it was all up to him, and he made the grade”. Simple as that: the same year he clinched runner-up spot in the Spanish championship at the Santos de la Humosa track, near Madrid.