The 42-year-old Spaniard, a two-time World Champion, holds many records in F1. One of them, you can easily call it “extreme”.
Fernando Alonso insists he knows when to retire from F1, but his great confidence is driving him to keep racing. The Spaniard has so far made 377 Grand Prix starts and at the 2024 Qatar race he is expected to become the first driver to record 400 starts. Alonso has started 34.24% of the total 1,101 World Championship races played from 1950 to 2023 and this is certainly the most “extreme” of his personal records.
In the season just ended, he impressed by collecting eight podiums for Aston Martin, while finishing fourth in the championship. It was his best performance since he finished second in the final standings behind Sebastian Vettel in 2013. Aston Martin is determined to continue with him, but hinted that the toll due to the many races placed on drivers, the teams and paddock staff may be the factor that finally makes him hang up his helmet.
“If I feel that low, I think it will show and I won’t be happy with my performance. Then I’ll be the first to raise his hand and say: OK, it’s time. But I don’t think that time will come, as long as I’m extremely confident with my performance. There are other things in life and with the many matches we will have to see how we feel. In the 2024 schedule there are also three consecutive matches. These things can drain my battery, not the driving» said Fernando Alonso, among others.
The world champion Max Verstappen has been critical of next year’s schedule and has strongly hinted that he may leave after his Red Bull contract expires after 2028, with Alonso repeating his thoughts. “To be honest, I feel the same way“, he said of the Dutchman’s comments.