Alonso sure he’ll surpass 400 F1 races as file awaits in Singapore

Alonso matched Raikkonen’s tally of 349 grand prix begins on the Italian Grand Prix final weekend, placing him on the cusp of the outright file.

At 41, Alonso has proven few indicators of wishing to decelerate or think about to hanging up his helmet, having not too long ago signed a multi-year settlement with Aston Martin beginning in 2023.

It has given the two-time world champion little doubt he’ll make it to 400 races, a tally he would possible attain in direction of the tip of the 2024 season.

“I do know the quantity [of starts] as a result of each weekend we hold repeating it, however I am not into this a lot,” Alonso mentioned of reaching Raikkonen’s file variety of begins at Monza.

“I am joyful to be in Formulation 1 for therefore a few years, and with the 2 extra coming, or no matter, nonetheless lengthy I will probably be in Formulation 1.

“I’ll attain 400 for certain, in order that’s a giant quantity. It exhibits my ardour for the game and my self-discipline to carry out on the excessive stage.

“If you’re not performing, the crew is not going to provide you with 400 grands prix, for certain.”

Fernando Alonso, Alpine A522

Fernando Alonso, Alpine A522

Picture by: Alessio Morgese

Regardless of being the oldest driver on the grid, Alonso was at all times adamant he needed to increase his F1 profession into 2023 and past. It proved to be a sticking level that prompted talks to interrupt down with Alpine, which was solely eager to offer Alonso a agency one-year cope with an possibility for 2024.

Alonso’s F1 profession has spanned greater than 20 years, having made his debut for Minardi in 2001. He has since raced in each season excluding 2002, when he was a take a look at driver for Renault, and 2019-20 when he took outing of F1 to discover different racing disciplines.

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2007 world champion Raikkonen claimed the outright begins file from Rubens Barrichello on the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix earlier than making his remaining look with Alfa Romeo in Abu Dhabi final yr.

In addition to Alonso, the one different energetic driver with greater than 300 begins to his title is Lewis Hamilton, who sits on 304. He’s set to surpass Jenson Button and Michael Schumacher – each on 306 – within the subsequent six weeks to maneuver as much as fourth within the all-time record.

Sebastian Vettel sits simply behind Hamilton on 293 begins, that means his remaining race in Abu Dhabi earlier than retiring from F1 must be his three hundredth race look.

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