F1: 5 Times Fernando Alonso Proved he is one of the GOATs
- Fernando Alonso is leaving McLaren at the end of the season, we look back at some of the Double World Champion's best moments in F1.
Fernando Alonso is widely regarded as one of the best drivers in the history of Formula 1 and despite his ailing McLaren, most still believe that he's the fastest man on the 2018 grid.
That's debatable, but what isn't in dispute is that the Spanish legend has thrilled F1 fans for the last seventeen years with some stunning manoeuvres and performances that us mere mortals can only dream of pulling off.
Here are just five of his breathtaking moments that has cemented his place as one of the sports' Greatest Of All Time (GOAT):
#1 The Youngest Winner
2003 was one of the most competitive Formula 1 seasons seen in recent times with nine different winners that year. The usual suspects of Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen and Juan Pablo Montoya all racked up victories, but one of that year’s crop arguably stood above all the rest. Fernando Alonso had impressed everybody in his rookie season in 2001, consistently outperforming what was expected of him in his noncompetitive Minardi.
The initial brilliance earned him a move to the newly re-branded Renault team for 2002, but it came at a cost, having to sit-out the season in a reserve driver role. However, when ’03 rolled around, a race seat became available and that was all the invitation the Spaniard needed.
Alonso claimed the first pole and podium of his career earlier in the season at Malaysia but once again lined up in P1 at the Hungaroring. Fernando got pole in Sepang largely due to a lower fuel load in qualifying, but Hungary provided a genuine chance at victory, being one of the most difficult circuits to overtake. Many expected Fernando to be on the defensive for the majority of the race but the first corner of the first lap was as close as the competition would get.
Throughout the Grand Prix, he set fastest lap after fastest lap and simply waltzed away from the chasing pack, he made the world’s best drivers look like amateurs. He led from lights to flag and put a lap on Michael Schumacher in the process, something seen as rare as a blue moon in Grand Prix racing. Alonso was in a league of his own that day, and it would be far from the last time that this would happen.