(Motorsport-Total.com) – Fernando Alonso equaled Kimi Raikkonen’s file with 349 begins at Monza final weekend and is on the verge of a brand new all-time file. Far from occupied with retirement, the 41-year-old Spaniard not too long ago signed a multi-year contract with Aston Martin.
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Fernando Alonso is way from giving up his Formula 1 helmet
Therefore, the two-time world champion has no doubts that he will probably be a runner from 400. He might arrive by the tip of the 2024 season.
“I do know that quantity as a result of we’re reminded of it each weekend, however I do not actually care,” Alonso mentioned of beating Raikkonen’s file at Monza. “I’m glad to be in Formula 1 for a few years – and two extra years or nonetheless many extra.”
400 marks the start of its class
“I’ll definitely get 400 begins. That’s an enormous quantity. It reveals my ardour for the game and my self-discipline to compete at a excessive stage. If you do not carry out, the staff will not offer you 400 Grands Prix.”
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Despite being the oldest driver on the grid, Alonso has at all times mentioned he desires to proceed his Formula 1 profession till 2023 and past. It was a snag that stalled talks with Alpi, who wished to give Alonso a everlasting one-year contract with an choice till 2024.
Alonso’s Formula 1 profession spanned over 20 years, making his debut for Minardi in 2001. He has pushed each season besides 2002, when he was a check driver for Renault, and 2019/20, when he took a break from Formula 1 to discover different racing sequence.
Hamilton is closest to Alonso
Raikkonen took the unique file from Rubens Barrichello on the 2020 Eiffel Grand Prix earlier than finishing his 349th and last race in Abu Dhabi in 2021.
Along with Alonso, Lewis Hamilton is the one lively driver with greater than 300 begins in 304 begins. In the following six weeks, he’ll overtake Jenson Button and Michael Schumacher (each 306) to transfer into fourth place on the all-time leaderboard.
Sebastian Vettel is simply behind Hamilton with 293 begins and can attain 300 in his last race in Abu Dhabi. He then retired from Formula 1.