Fernando Alonso, a two time world champion, has been the most consistent driver the world has ever seen in Formula One. The Spaniard has been close to his third championship on a number of occasions. In the course of his 17-year career, he has driven some of the best races ever. A combination of skill and fortune, enabled him to come out on top. As he prepares to race his final 9 F1 races, EssentiallySports takes a look at Fernando Alonso’s top 5 races.
Fernando Alonso’s Top 5 Races
5. 2003 Hungarian Grand Prix
Believe it or not, a driver’s first win is the most important and a memorable one. Being a test driver for Renault in 2002, Alonso finally got an opportunity to be on the second driver’s seat of the team replacing Button after impressing his bosses throughout practice. He immediately showed results by qualifying on pole in Malaysia and becoming the youngest driver to win a Formula One race at that time.
Alonso started the Hungarian GP on pole, made a tidy start and gained a huge lead of 21 seconds after just 13 laps. For a driver who had very little experience handling the top position in a race, Alonso raced with a certain calm and composure while in lead. Combining this with a level of dominance, Alonso even lapped the current World Champion Michael Schumacher near the end of the race and eventually won by a comfortable 16.8 second lead over second placed Kimi Raikkonen. It was a dream come true for the 22 year old Spaniard, clearly over the moon at becoming the youngest driver to win a F1 race. This maiden victory is why it is considered among Fernando Alonso’s top 5 races.