Vienna – Monday, September 19, 2022, 7:31 p.m
Alpine pilot Fernando Alonso has set a new goal for his future career at the age of 41 and 349 GP starts.
The two-time Formula 1 world champion does not have enough after the 349th GP in Monza and the shared record with Kimi Raikkonen. The man from Oviedo wants to be the first driver to break the 400 mark as part of his “multi-year contract” with Aston Martin, which will come into effect from the 2023 Formula 1 season.
“I know the number of my GP starts, it’s constantly in the media,” Alonso said after the Grand Prix in Monza.
There since 2001, but not a bit tired
His career started in 2001 with the backbench team Minardi, which became Toro Rosso in 2006 and Scuderia AlphaTauri in 2020. After a role as a test driver in 2002, he started for Renault for the first time from 2003 to 2006, beating Räkkönen in 2005 and then seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher in 2006 in the world championship fight.
After a year at McLaren, he went back to Renault for 2008 and 2009 before taking on the role of number 1 driver at Ferrari from 2010 to 2014. Back at McLaren, Alonso followed from 2015 to 2018, after two Le Mans victories, the Spaniard has been active for Alpine since his F1 return in 2021.
Alonso looks back on his 20-year career in the premier class: “I’m happy to be part of Formula 1 for so many years. I’m sure I’ll drive 400 GPs, Formula 1 is my passion.”
But he knows: “If I don’t perform, I won’t drive a 400th GP.” Alonso will contest his 355th Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi.