Aware of the considerable financial efforts being made by his family in order to allow him to fulfil his passion, Fernando himself rolled his sleeves up: at the age of just 14 he was playing mentor to youngsters aged 7 and 8. “I like the mechanical side, and helping other kids gave me personal satisfaction, while also giving me some extra income to help out. I was paid around 100,000 pesetas, or 600 euros, and that helped meet the costs so I wouldn’t be a burden to anyone,” explains the racing driver. The international travel also meant a considerable effort for the family. “We would head off on Thursdays after school and while I drove, Fernando would sleep on the back seat. When the races were over on the Sunday, it would be another 18 or 20-hour trip back to Oviedo to get Fernando to school for Tuesday morning”.