IT IS now greater than 21 years since Spanish veteran Fernando Alonso made his debut in F1.
Fernando Alonso is about to interrupt the document of Michael Schumacher (Picture: GETTY)
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Fernando Alonso will make historical past when he competes on this weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Alonso, a two-time world champion, is within the second yr of his contract with Alpine and has three top-10 finishes to his identify this season, in Bahrain, Spain, and Monaco.
Within the latter race, he proved that regardless of turning 40, his want to compete stays as sturdy as ever. He held off former teammate and rival Lewis Hamilton for a protracted interval within the hostile climate circumstances, earlier than crossing the road in seventh place.
The occasion on the well-known road circuit represented the 340th F1 race begin of his profession, leaving him simply 9 off the document set by Kimi Raikkonen. Ought to he full the 2022 marketing campaign in full, the Spaniard will surpass the mark in Singapore on Sunday, October 2.
However by then, he’ll have already got damaged the document for the longest ever F1 profession. Sunday’s race in Baku will mark 21 years, three months and eight days since his debut on the 2001 Australian Grand Prix.
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Fernando Alonso has a protracted historical past with Lewis Hamilton (Picture: GETTY)
That can elevate him above Michael Schumacher, whose profession spanned 21 years and three months precisely. Each drivers share the notion of taking breaks from the game, with the German legend having retired ar Ferrari in 2006 earlier than returning with Mercedes 4 years later.
Alonso in the meantime, left F1 on the finish of 2018, and pursued different racing pursuits for 2 years, competing in occasions like Indianapolis 500 and the Dakar Rally. His return will now guarantee he makes historical past, though he nonetheless has some approach to go if he’s to sooner or later turn out to be the oldest driver to ever enter an F1 Grand Prix.
Mick Schumacher (left) gained seven world titles in his lengthy profession (Picture: GETTY)
The honour belongs to Louis Chiron, with the Monegasque driver having competed in his house race in 1955 at 55 years, and 292 days previous. By way of general wins, Alonso lies sixth on 32, a way in need of Hamilton’s marker of 103.
He has nonetheless, established himself as an F1 legend since his maiden race in Australia greater than twenty years in the past. Driving for Minardi, the then 19-year-old completed twelfth at Melbourne Park, and would fail to safe a single level in his debut marketing campaign.