Fernando Alonso: How does the Spaniard compare to the Formula 1 greats?
Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso has said he will not be racing in the sport in 2019.
But how does he compare to other Formula 1 drivers? We have taken a look at some of his statistics and some of his best and worst moments in the sport.
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Alonso's place in Formula 1 history
The Spaniard, who is now 37, has had some career. His 32 race victories puts him sixth in the all-time list, behind only Michael Schumacher (91), Lewis Hamilton (67), Alain Prost (51), Sebastian Vettel (51) and Ayrton Senna (41).
Alonso's first race start came back in March 2001 when he came 12th in the Australian Grand Prix in a Minardi. In total, Alonso has started 302 races, with only Rubens Barrichello (322), Michael Schumacher (306) and Jenson Button (306) starting more.
However, with nine races left in the 2018 season he should overtake both Schumacher and Button before the end of the year.
Alonso's Formula 1 career
Where did he have the most success?
Best and worst moments
Alonso became world champion for the first time when at Renault in 2005 and retained his title the following year.
In 2005, he won the title at the Brazilian Grand Prix with two races to spare and eventually finished 21 points in front of McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen.
At the time, Alonso became the youngest man to become a world champion at 24 years, one month and 27 days, although Lewis Hamilton in 2008 and then Sebastian Vettel in 2010 broke this record, with the German being 23 years old when he won his first title with Red Bull.
Alonso won seven races in 2005 and also won seven the season after to gain 13 more points than Ferrari's Michael Schumacher. That was to be his last world title, although he did come second in the championship on three occasions - 2010, 2012 and 2013 - in Ferrari's colours.
His worst moments? So many disappointing moments have come his way since his return to McLaren in 2015 - where he has failed to finish inside the top four at any race and often failed to finish all together.
During qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2015, an engine failure in his McLaren left him unable to set a time in Q1 so he took to the deckchair and enjoyed the sun while the action went on around him. Social media loved it, with the hashtag #PlacesAlonsoWouldRatherBe spawning a host of funny tweets with him superimposed on to various locations around the world.
But for many Formula 1 fans, the image was a sad one of a driver who should have been near the front of the grid, but because of mechanical problems and an uncompetitive car it left him fighting at the back. In his three full seasons in his second spell at McLaren he has come 17th, 10th and 15th and he is ninth after 12 races of the 2018 campaign.
Team radio annoyance
Being a two-time world champion, Alonso's standards are high. He has repeatedly showed his frustrations over team radio when things do not go his way or when his car lets him down.
Click on the below links to hear some of them again...
- June 2018 - French Grand Prix: "I have no brakes, no tyres, we're out of the points, I don't care too much."
- October 2017 - United States Grand Prix: "It would be nice to know what the strategy is. Are we on strategy B?"
- August 2017 - Belgian Grand Prix: "No more radio for the rest of the race."
- August 2017 - Belgian Grand Prix: "I really don't care too much of the gaps, it is just a test."
- June 2017 - Canadian Grand Prix: "You are not giving me useful information."
- April 2017 - Bahrain Grand Prix: "He was 300m behind on the straight. Do whatever you want, man."
- April 2017 - Bahrain Grand Prix: "I've never raced with less power in my life."
- October 2016 - Mexican Grand Prix: "I'm pushing from lap one, but we have traffic for 15 laps with a car that should not be in the race so do your job and I'm doing mine."