10 of Fernando Alonso's top F1 moments
Heading into the final race weekend of Fernando Alonso’s eventful 17-year F1 career, we look at his finest moments.
Abu Dhabi will be Alonso’s 314th and final Grand Prix with the Spaniard just a point above Esteban Ocon in 10th-place in the driver’s standings.
It’s an unremarkable ending to a career that had put Alonso at the top of the Motorsport world as the most revered driver to someone left scrapping for the final points paying positions.
But Alonso can still leave with his head held high with two drivers’ titles, 32 wins, 22 pole positions and 97 podium finishes to his name.
El Nano went from being a young kid in an uncompetitive Minardi at the back of the grid to become Spain’s first-ever world champion and ending Michael Schumacher’s five-year domination.
Even today, Alonso is still regarded by current and past drivers as one of the finest out there on the grid.
The huge void he leaves behind will undoubtedly be felt at Melbourne at the start of the 2019 F1 season in March.
But, for now, at least, we’ll look at some of the greatest moments of his career ahead of this weekend’s season finale.
#10 Malaysia 2003 - First pole position
After spending the 2002 season as a test driver for Renault, Alonso’s talent and work-rate convinced the French team to drop Jenson Button to make room for him the following season.
And it took just two races for the Spaniard to show everyone just how right Renault was by becoming F1’s youngest pole-sitter at 21 years old in a one-lap shootout in Malaysia.
Alonso then followed it up with a solid drive to his first podium finish in third-place.
Any doubts over him were quickly erased and suddenly he was was a future champion in the making.