Alonso’s look forward to a grand prix win has now lasted a decade


Having completed third in final weekend’s Miami Grand Prix, when Fernando Alonso traces up for the following System 1 race he may have gone a decade with out successful a grand prix.

Alonso was racing for Ferrari when he scored the thirty second win of his profession within the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix. 9 of the 20 drivers on this 12 months’s grid, together with Alonso’s crew mate Lance Stroll and championship chief Max Verstappen, had been nonetheless in go-karts then.

If Alonso does win one other race, he’ll break the document for the longest wait between consecutive grand prix wins. That’s held by Riccardo Patrese, who needed to wait six years and 210 days between his victories within the 1983 South African Grand Prix for Brabham and the 1990 San Marino Grand Prix for Williams. That spanned 99 races – in distinction Alonso has began 162 throughout that point, and missed 38 over 2019 and 2020.

The intervening interval has featured few missed alternatives for Alonso to win once more. He didn’t qualify within the high 4 for an F1 race till the ultimate spherical of the season, and needed to wait till final 12 months’s Canadian Grand Prix to line up on the entrance row once more. Solely as soon as throughout that point has a crew mate of his taken a victory – Esteban Ocon’s breakthrough triumph on the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix.

Alonso arrived at his present crew by way of McLaren – together with an interminable three years within the sluggish and unreliable Honda-powered automobiles – and Alpine, plus two years out of F1 racing within the World Endurance Championship, IndyCar and Dakar rally. Nonetheless his transfer to Aston Martin this 12 months has proved an impressed selection – in 5 races he’s completed on the rostrum 4 occasions, taking his whole top-three finishes since his final victory to a complete of 13.

Groups: Ferrari (purple), McLaren (orange), Alpine (blue), Aston Martin (inexperienced)

Alonso returned to the entrance row in Jeddah earlier this 12 months and in Miami he began from second place as soon as once more. That was the fortieth time in his profession he has certified within the high two, and on Sunday he completed third for the thirty third time since debuting in F1. That places him degree with the retired Sebastian Vettel, and now solely Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton have appeared on the rostrum’s backside spot extra occasions than Alonso.

That additionally helped Aston Martin attain the 100-point mark for the primary time in a season, after simply 5 races, with their trophy cupboard now consisting of 5 objects. On the identical variety of F1 trophies is Porsche and Stewart – the latter crew being that which finally changed into reigning champions Purple Bull.

The final win from ninth on the grid was 39 years agoSince adopting Purple Bull’s colors, the Milton Keynes-based crew has received 97 grands prix, 26 of which had been one-twos. Verstappen picked up the thirty eighth win of his profession, and has tied Sebastian Vettel’s document for many wins scored at Purple Bull.

Verstappen completed within the factors for the twenty fourth race in a row, that means he has now matched the longest points-scoring run that Michael Schumacher achieved in his illustrious profession. Solely Hamilton and Raikkonen have had longer scoring streaks that this.

Within the 61st F1 race Verstappen has led, his overtake for the lead on crew mate Sergio Perez proved completely timed, as he completed the race with a profession tally of two,000 laps led. Having risen from ninth on the grid, this was twenty first time Verstappen has received with out ranging from pole place.

Solely 5 races in F1 historical past have been received from ninth on the grid. Till final Sunday the newest was Niki Lauda’s victory for McLaren within the 1984 French Grand Prix at Dijon. The others had been the 1977 Canadian Grand Prix (Jody Scheckter), 1967 Italian Grand Prix (John Surtees) and 1955 Monaco Grand Prix (Maurice Trintignant).

En path to victory Verstappen additionally set the quickest lap, This was the twenty third of his profession, giving him as many as fellow world champions Juan Manuel Fangio, Nelson Piquet and Alonso.

Magnussen matched his finest grand prix qualifying resultDespite taking the third pole place of his profession, Perez appeared powerless to cease Verstappen beating him to victory. However he did decide up his thirtieth podium by ending second. It was additionally the twelfth time has been runner-up in a grand prix.

Becoming a member of Perez as one of many stars of Saturday in Miami was Kevin Magnussen, who certified fourth for Haas. Though he was quickest in qualifying for the 2022 Brazilian Grand Prix, the dash race format used that weekend meant he didn’t begin from pole for Sunday’s race, and so final weekend truly marked the primary time considered one of Haas’s automobiles has began on the entrance two rows of a grand prix. Magnussen equalled his highest beginning place in a grand prix, which he beforehand achieved on his debut for McLaren within the 2014 Australian Grand Prix, and once more later that 12 months in Germany.

In stark contract to Haas’s qualifying heroics in Miami was McLaren, who didn’t get both of their automobiles via Q1. The final time that occurred was the 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix.

Nonetheless the crew does stay fifth within the constructors’ standings, albeit having solely scored 14 factors throughout the primary 5 rounds. The final time the crew occupying that place this far into the season had as few factors was in 2009, when a special factors system was used that awarded 10 factors for victory as an alternative of 25. In that 12 months, Renault occupied fifth within the standings on 9 factors after 5 races, whereas McLaren had been fourth on 13.

The Miami Grand Prix is the primary of three F1 races this 12 months in the USA, and the 74th time in historical past the world championship has visited within the nation. It’s the third time F1 has raced within the state of Florida following final 12 months’s Miami GP and the USA’s first world championship race at Sebring in 1959.

America has held three F1 races in a single 12 months earlier than – the sequence visited Lengthy Seashore, Detroit and the unique Las Vegas circuit in 1982. Italy has additionally held a trio of races within the Covid-disrupted season of 2020, when Monza, Imola and Mugello all hosted rounds.

Different statistical landmarks reached final weekend embrace Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc surpassing 900 factors in his F1 profession and Bottas making his 167th consecutive race begin. That places the Alfa Romeo driver joint ninth within the all-time desk with Rubens Barrichello, whereas Verstappen’s 168th consecutive grand prix look strikes him as much as eighth.

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