In his 18-year long Formula 1 career, Fernando Alonso has achieved a good lot which many drivers could only dream about.
The Spaniard has many laurels to his name, the biggest being the two F1 titles he won back-to-back with Renault in 2005 and 2006 seasons. How did his career pan out in F1 so far? Here’s a look at some statistics:
- Alonso is among the five drivers to win two F1 titles along with Mika Hakkinen, Emerson Fittipaldi, Graham Hill, Alberto Ascari & Jim Clark and part of the 33-driver Hall of Fame to have won at least one world title.
- Alonso has entered in 305 F1 races with 303 race starts. He is the fourth driver to reach 300 F1 races behind Rubens Barrichello (326), Jenson Button (309) and Michael Schumacher (308). By the end of 2018, he will be second in the list already. He holds the record of most classified finishes at 249 and most race finishes at 240.
- Alonso is the sixth youngest driver at 19 years and 218 days to start a F1 race in 2001 Australian GP. The youngest is Max Verstappen at 17 years and 166 days.
- Alonso is fifth in the list of most consecutive race starts with 176 to his name between 2005 French GP to 2014 Abu Dhabi. Lewis Hamilton holds the record of 220 races and counting since his debut in 2007 Australian GP.
- Alonso has 32 race wins which puts him sixth in the all-time list, 22 pole positions, 23 fastest laps which puts him 10th in the all-time list tied with Nelson Piquet Sr and Juan Manuel Fangio, 97 podiums which puts him sixth in the all-time list, total of 1893 points scored which puts him third in the all-time list.
- Verstappen holds the record of youngest driver to set a fastest lap in a race at 19 years and 44 days in 2016 Brazilian GP, Alonso is fourth in the list at the age of 21 years and 321 days in 2003 Canadian GP.
- In his title-winning 2005 season, Alonso scored 15 podiums which comes under the ‘most podiums in a season’ record. He tied with Michael Schumacher who did it in 20014 and Nico Rosberg who achieved the feat twice in 2014 and 2015. He third in the list of most consecutive podiums of 15 between 2005 Turkish GP and 2006 Canadian GP. He is sixth in the youngest to score a podium at 21 years and 237 days in 2003 Malaysian GP.
- Alonso is second in the list of points scored in races with 201, only behind Schumacher who has scored in 221 races. He is fourth as well as eighth in the list of consecutive points scored as he scored in 23 straight races between 2011 European to 2012 Hungarian GP and tied on 18 with Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas – this was between 2005 Turkish GP and 2006 German GP.
- Alonso is ninth in the all-time list of laps led with 1767 as Schumacher is on top with 5111. He is 10th in the list of pole and win in the same race with 14 times and joint ninth to complete a hat-trick of pole, win and fastest lap in five races.
- He is the third youngest driver at 24 years and 59 days to win a F1 world title in 2005 behind Lewis Hamilton and Vettel, while he is the second youngest behind Vettel at 25 years and 85 days to become a double world champion.
- One of only 15 Spanish drivers in F1 and the first Spanish driver to be on the podium with Pedro de la Rosa being the only other. Carlos Sainz will remain as the only active Spanish driver after 2018.
- Alonso won his home race twice in 2006 and 2013 at Barcelona.
- In his career, Alonso has raced for four different F1 teams starting with Minardi (2001) and then Renault (2003-2006, 2008-2009), McLaren (2007, 2015-2018) and Ferrari (2010-2014)
- Alonso could have been a five time champion had he scored 11 more points. In 2007, he finished third (tied on points with Hamilton), only one point behind Kimi Raikkonen while in 2010, he finished four points behind winner Vettel and in 2012 he was three behind.
- His last win came in 2013 Spanish GP with Ferrari while last podium was in 2014 Hungarian GP.
- His lowest win start position is 15th in the controversial 2008 Singapore GP which is eighth in the all-time list. His second lowest win position is 11th in the 2012 European GP at Valencia.
[Check: 2018’s half-time stats]