Fans of Formula 1 shed a tear on Tuesday when Fernando Alonso revealed he would be retiring from the sport at the end of the current season.
The 37-year old Spaniard’s announcement had been expected, with Indycar likely to be his next destination.
Nevertheless, Alonso’s departure will leave a huge void in the sport as a man widely regarded as one of most talented drivers of all time calls it quits.
We take a look at the career of the man from Oviedo.
2 – The number of World Championships (2005 and 2006). At the time he became the youngest ever dual champion (aged 25)
4 – How many teams Alonso represented in Formula 1 in six different spells (Minardi, Renault, McLaren and Ferrari)
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15 – His best run of consecutive podium finishes (set during the 2005 and 2006 championship winning seasons)
22 – Alonso’s age when he won his first grand prix (Hungary in 2003) – a record since beaten by Sebastian Vettel and now Max Verstappen. It’s also the number of pole positions he achieved
32 – Number of grand prix wins in his F1 career (placing him sixth on the all-time list, Schumacher leads with 91)
97 – Times Alonso has finished on the podium
176 – Total of consecutive GP starts between 2005 and 2014
240 – The number of race finishes in his career (a record)
2001 – Alonso’s Formula 1 debut season
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