What a Legend! Fernando Alonso Surpasses 100,000 Race Kilometers in Formula 1

Fernando Alonso returned to Formula 1 in 2021, after a three-year hiatus. The two-time world champion embarked on a new journey with Renault, now known as Alpine, because the French automaker wanted to enhance the visibility of its sporty division. Many thought the then 40-year-old racing driver didn't stand a chance, but here he is today, proving that everyone who doubted him was dead wrong.
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In 2023, Fernando Alonso is one of the most well-known F1 figures and continues to perform spectacularly at Aston Martin. The racing driver is so good at displaying his skills and remaining focused even when he must endure almost 5G of lateral and longitudinal forces that even the Tifosi are sometimes cheering for the British team.

The Spaniard started his F1 career in 2001. That was 22 years ago! He earned his first F1 title after a hard battle with Michael Schumacher in 2005, the last year when V10 powerplants were used.

In 2006, Formula 1 moved to V8 engines, but that didn't stop Alonso from wanting to win. He pushed forward and became the youngest racing driver who won two World Championships.

Since becoming a part of F1, Alonso has accrued over 62,100 miles (100,000 kilometers) on some of the world's most well-known racing tracks. The milestone was achieved at the Singapore Grand Prix, where Ferrari's Carlos Sainz scored an impressive win. Alonso ended the race in the 15th spot.

During the 16th lap on the Marina Bay circuit, his "odometer" showed a six-figure number (in kilometers).

Still, some F1 fans consider this achievement just a "wiki statistic." They are not that impressed, and it is understandable. The motorsport collects tons of data and has such a long history that it may not feel like much to drive multiple F1 cars and accrue over 62,100 miles.

However, the average length of a Formula 1 lap is 2.9 miles (4.6 kilometers). That means Fernando Alonso completed over 21,379 laps during his tenure as a racing driver (so far!). Considering the sheer effort and dedication it takes to correctly maneuver an F1 car at such high speeds in different countries while minding the weather, the tire compound, and communicating with the team… It's nothing short of fascinating.

Alonso also survived a horrific crash in 2016 when he barrel-rolled at a speed of nearly 190 mph (305 kph) after making contact with Esteban Gutierrez.

He currently sits in the fourth position. Alonso needs 10 points more to catch up to Lewis Hamilton, who has 180 points and occupies the third spot in the 2023 F1 driver standings.

Finally, the experienced racing driver enjoyed 363 Formula 1 starts, climbed on the podium 104 times, and earned 2,178 championship points. Here's to many, many more!

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Car shows on TV and his father's Fiat Tempra may have been Florin's early influences, but nowadays he favors different things, like the power of an F-150 Raptor. He'll never be able to ignore the shape of a Ferrari though, especially a yellow one.
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