When was the last time Fernando Alonso won a race or finished on the podium?
The Spanish two-time world champion has recently joined Aston Martin and is eager to end a long dry spell by returning to the winning track.
With the 2023 Formula 1 season already in full swing, we’re looking at one of the best drivers of the modern era, the man they call ‘teflonso,’ Fernando Alonso. Yet, it’s been difficult over the last decade for the Spaniard, with just one win in that time, but when and where was it? Let’s find out.
When did Fernando Alonso last win an F1 race?
If you follow Formula 1, it’s highly unlikely that you don’t know the name of Fernando Alonso. Indeed, the 41-year-old Spaniard became a household name in 2005 and 2006 when he won two consecutive titles with Renault. To date, he’s got 32 wins to his name, placing him sixth on the all-time list, with the last one coming in 2013 at the Spanish Grand Prix, the same year he finished as runner-up in the championship while driving with Ferrari. He would move to Mclaren in 2015, but the move, which involved a partnership with Honda, resulted in disaster. Following his three-year debacle, he would actually leave Formula 1 at the end of the 2018 season for almost three years. During that time, he won the Le Mans 24 Hours twice and competed in the Dakar Rally and the Indianapolis 500.
When was the last time Fernando Alonso took the podium?
In 2021 Alonso returned to Formula 1, joining the now-renamed Renault team. Fearing he might never stand on the podium again, he brought renewed energy with him, and finally, his commitment paid off on Sunday, 21st November 2021, at the inaugural Qatar Grand Prix. With a third-place finish at the Losail circuit for Renault-owned Alpine, Alonso was even voted driver of the day as he stepped onto the podium for the first time in seven years. Indeed, the previous time before his moment in Qatar was back in 2014, when he finished second in Hungary while driving for Ferrari. If you’re wondering, Alonso’s seven-year gap is the longest in the sport’s history. To put it in perspective, his finish in Hungary occurred before Max Verstappen made his Formula 1 debut.
“Finally. We were very close on a few occasions, and I was just wondering if I will get one podium again in my career or not,” said Alonso at the time. “You never know what is going to happen next year. I’m happy that we took this one, and let’s see if we can keep the momentum for next year.”
So far this season, Alonso has made it to the race podium five times: he finished third four times and came in second once.