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WATCH: A look at Fernando Alonso's top 5 racing moments during his F1 career

2018-08-15 11:15

Janine Van der Post, Robin Classen

Image: ANDREJ ISAKOVIC / AFP

Fernando Alonso will retire from Formula 1 at the end of the 2018 season.

The veteran racer started his motorsport career at the tender age of 3-years-old when his Father, a mechanic, built a kart for his older sister who had no interest in the sport. He won three karting championships and became the world karting champion in 1996.

From 1999 to 2000, he became a F1 test driver for Minardi in Jerez after winning the 1999 Euro-Open Movistar series. Alonso made his F1 debut with Minardi in 2001.

The man of many races

His first F1 victory was the 2003 Hungarian grand prix while racing with Renault. He become the youngest F1 race winner at the time, beating the likes of Kimi Raikkonen, Juan Pablo Montoya, and Michael Schumacher.



Some of his best career moments were achieved with Renault and we also saw some great racing during his tenure at Ferrari (2010 - 2014).

READ: Fernando Alonso will leave Formula 1 at end of season


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Here are some of Fernando Alonso's top moments in Formula 1:


1. F1 debut in 2001 with Minardi


2. First race win in Hungary

After joining Renault in 2002, F1 enthusiasts were keen to see how the young Spanish driver would fare against the likes of Kimi Raikkonen and Michael Schumacher.

Alonso proved his worth on the track as he stormed across the finish line nearly 17 seconds ahead of his nearest rival Raikkonen. 

3. Youngest F1 Drivers' Champion in 2005

Alonso became the youngest Drivers' Champion when he was just 24-years old. 

He won the first of his two titles in 2005 at the Brazilian grand prix, finishing third and in doing so became the youngest champion - breaking Emerson Fittipaldi's record.

4. Alonso vs. Schumacher during 2006 season

He also became the youngest double F1-champion in 2006 after dueling with legendary Ferrari driver Schumacher throughout the season. 

5. Chasing the goal of a third title win with Ferrari

Probably one of his best races ever, and his most emotional yet - the day Alonso won the 2012 European Grand Prix while racing for Ferrari. He started in P11 and drove with all his heart to take victory at the chequered flag. His tears on the podium, as he stands next to Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen, will still make you shed a tear too...



Special Mention:  Maiden Le Mans win with Toyota

Alonso joined the 2018 Toyota team that comprised of Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastien Buemi. The trio grabbed the Japanese manufacturer's maiden win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Alonso looked as if he was racing in Le Mans for years as Toyota powered to victory. His win put Alonso in contention for the revered motorsport 'triple crown'.


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