« I will reach 400 GP, that’s for sure »

At the Italian Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso reached a milestone: he made his 350th Grand Prix start, equaling the record set nine months earlier by his contemporary Kimi Räikkönen. Present in Formula 1 from 2001 to 2022 with three years of absence in this period of time, the 41-year-old Iberian has no intention of stopping on such a good path, he who signed with Aston Martin for the next two seasons in the top flight.

If he goes through with his new contract with the British team, Alonso should reach the mark of 400 races, and for him, there is no doubt about it.

« I know the number [des GP]because every weekend we keep repeating it, but it doesn’t interest me that much »comments the current Alpine driver, ninth in the drivers’ standings with 59 points. « I’m happy to be in Formula 1 for so long, with two more years to come, and I don’t know how long I’m going to stay beyond that. I’ll hit 400, that’s for sure; « is a big number. It shows my passion for this sport and my discipline to evolve at the top level. If a driver is not performing, the team does not give him 400 Grands Prix, that’s for sure. »

Alonso and Räikkönen are among only six drivers to have competed in more than 300 Grands Prix to date, helped by increasingly busy schedules. This is also the case for Rubens Barrichello (323), former record holder, as well as Michael Schumacher (307), Jenson Button (306) and Lewis Hamilton (304). Sebastian Vettel (293) is not far behind, but his counter should stop at 299 due to his imminent retirement.

Grand Prix record holders since 1960

* Joint record with Graham Hill

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