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F1 News: Fernando Alonso Breaks Huge Record At Singapore Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso marked a historic milestone at the Singapore Grand Prix, becoming the first F1 driver to cover 100,000 km, amidst a year of significant achievements.

Fernando Alonso has achieved a monumental milestone by becoming the first driver to cover 100,000 km in Formula 1. This historic moment was realised during the Singapore Grand Prix, adding to Alonso's impressive list of records in 2023.

Key Takeaways:

  • 2023 has been a standout year for Alonso, with the Spaniard securing seven podium finishes with Aston Martin.
  • Alonso previously broke two significant records at the 2023 Dutch Grand Prix, surpassing Michael Schumacher's records related to podiums and fastest laps.
  • The Singapore Grand Prix saw Alonso add another feather to his cap, completing the required 24 laps to surpass the 100,000 km mark in F1.
Fernando Alonso - Aston Martin

This year has truly been a renaissance for the Spanish driver. After spending over a decade without a competitive car, Alonso's move to Aston Martin has rejuvenated his career. There's a physical change in the former 2-time champion, with him often smiling, joking, and having fun in the paddock. On top of this, he's looking much more trim and ready to take on the action of a season.

At the Dutch Grand Prix earlier this year, Alonso made headlines by breaking two of Michael Schumacher's long-standing records.

"With his second-place finish, the 42-year-old driver broke the record for the longest time between a first and last podium, spanning 20 years, five months, and four days since his third-place finish at the 2003 Malaysian Grand Prix."

Furthermore, Alonso's fastest lap at the same race meant he overtook Schumacher's record for the longest duration between the first and last fastest laps.

The Singapore Grand Prix was particularly special for Alonso. Alonso needed to complete just 24 laps to reach the 100,000 km mark in F1, a feat he successfully achieved, further cementing his legendary status in the sport.

Alonso's illustrious career boasts several records, including the most entries (372 to date), the highest number of laps completed (20,000 prior to the Singapore GP), and the longest gap between podiums.

Fernando Alonso - Aston Martin

While Alonso's achievements are already monumental, there are still several records within his grasp. If he manages to clinch a third title, he will surpass Lewis Hamilton's record for the longest gap between the first and last championships.

Moreover, securing a pole position would see him beat Kimi Raikkonen's record for the most races contested and the longest time between the first and last poles.