(CNN Spanish) — The Spanish Fernando Alonso already wrote his name in gold letters in the history of motorsports. If he retired tomorrow, he could go away happy with what he has achieved. However, and fortunately for all Formula 1 fans, this is not the case, as the driver from Oviedo will spend more time competing on the maximum circuit.
This Monday, it was reported that Alonso, 41, will race for the Aston Martin team from the 2023 season after signing a multi-year contract, according to the team.
“The hiring of a special talent like Fernando is a clear statement of intent from an organization that is committed to developing a winning Formula One team,” Aston Martin said in a statement.
What has Fernando Alonso won?
To say that Alonso is a “special talent” is accurate and could even fall short due to the achievements he has in his record:
- The Spaniard made his Formula 1 debut in 2001 with the Minardi team. That same year, his best race finish was 10th place at the German Grand Prix, according to Alonso’s official website.
- In 2003 he was appointed official Renault driver, a team with which he would achieve his greatest achievements.
- In that same 2003 season, he became the youngest driver to achieve a pole position (at the Malaysian Grand Prix, at the age of 21) and the youngest driver to win a GP (the one in Hungary, at the age of 22). ).
- In the 2005 season, he won his first Formula 1 world championship with Renault, making him the youngest driver to do so (up to that time).
- Due to the above, he became the first Spaniard to win F1.
- In 2006, he won the F1 drivers’ world championship for the second consecutive year with the Renault team.
- Alonso’s 2005 and 2006 titles also meant breaking the reign of legendary driver Michael Schumacher, who to date is the top winner of F1 championships (along with Britain’s Lewis Hamilton, both with 7).
What followed after Alonso’s championship in 2006?
After the brilliant season he had in 2006, Fernando Alonso has had good results and great moments, but he has not won an F1 title again.
- In 2007, Alonso went to the McLaren team. In that season he finished in third place in the drivers’ championship.
- In the following two seasons, in 2008 and 2009, he returned to Renault, finishing in fifth and ninth positions in the championship, respectively.
- In 2010, the Spanish driver signed with the Italian team Ferrari. In that season, Alonso was runner-up in Formula 1.
- Also with Ferrari, in the 2011 championship, he was fourth, while in 2012 and 2013 he was runner-up again. That last year he would achieve what, until now, is his last victory in a race, by winning the Spanish Grand Prix.
- In December 2014, Alonso signed (once again) with McLaren for the 2015 season, which, according to the F1 website, was “by far” the worst for the Spaniard, with a Honda-powered car that was not competitive. That year he finished in 17th position in the championship.
- In 2016, the season improved, but the poor performance of the McLaren-Honda car continued. He finished the year in 10th place.
- The situation worsened again in 2017, the year in which his car did not perform again with McLaren and he finished the season in 15th place in the drivers’ championship.
- In 2018, McLaren ended its relationship with Honda to switch to Renault, leaving Alonso with the team. In that season, still with an underperforming team, he finished 11th in the drivers’ championship.
- Alonso decided to step aside from Formula 1 after the 2018 season. Until then, he had accumulated more than 300 grand prix, including 32 wins, 22 pole positions and 97 podiums.
- The Spanish driver was out of F1 in 2019 and 2020. For the 2021 season he returned, now with the Alpine team, which was previously Renault, where he won his two-time championship. In that return year, he finished in 10th position in the championship.
- Still at Alpine in the current 2022 season, Alonso set the record for the longest F1 sports career in history: 21 years, 3 months and eight days since his debut in 2001. Previously, the achievement belonged to Michael Schumacher.