Fernando Alonso made British GP history on Sunday, adding another milestone to his illustrious career. The two-time F1 champion covered the longest distance in F1 history with 92,643 kilometers at the end of the British GP. The Alpine F1 team driver finished fifth in the British GP, fending off a challenge from McLarens Lando Norris, while fellow countryman and Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz won the British GP.
Fernando Alonso reacts to F1’s longest distance record
F1’s social media manager praised Fernando Alonso for creating F1’s longest distance record with a post calculating the distance the racer covered on an F1 track to several other metrics which also included a catchy comment, namely “Quater of the Way to the Moon”. Alonso, while responding to the commented post, wrote that he wanted the distance to be at least half that from Earth to the Moon.
Fernando Alonso’s career in F1
Speaking of Fernando Alonso’s F1 career, the Spaniard has spent over two decades on the F1 circuit and is currently the oldest driver on the grid at 40. The Alpine driver won F1 world titles in 2005 and 2006 while driving for the Renault F1 team at the time. . He also drove for McLaren and Ferrari during his career which includes 32 race wins and 92 podiums. Alonso won the F1 title five times in a row between 2000 and 2004, ending Michael Schumacher’s dominance.
Schumacher also won back-to-back titles in the years 1994 and 1995. The F1 driver spent two seasons outside of F1 speaking in other driving competitions like the Dakar rally before making his return to the F1 circuit in 2021. He signed a deal with Alpine racing the rebranded version of the former Renault racing team.
Apart from the achievement mentioned above, Alonso also made history by becoming the only third driver to accumulate 2000 championship points in his career, joining the likes of seven-time F1 world champion and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton and of Aston Martin F1 driver Sebastian Vettel at an exclusive club. Previously, he was also the only Spanish driver to win a race in Formula 1 until recently when his compatriot Carlos Sainz achieved the feat at the British GP. Currently, Alonso has 28 points to his name in the current season and currently sits 10th in the F1 driver standings.