Max Verstappen has been compared with the likes of Lewis Hamilton and other legends of the sport. But while all eyes were on Verstappen for breaking records, Fernando Alonso celebrated his own little achievement by breaking Michael Schumacher‘s 11-year record.
The Spaniard has battled Michael Schumacher in 2006 and won the championship. He has won the Championship twice with Renault. The Spaniard has driven for many different teams throughout the course of his career.
Apart from the Formula 1 Championship, Alonso has also won the FIA Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans two years in a row. But with the new generation taking over the sport, the driver has failed to win another championship title.
The driver has also battled with Lewis Hamilton, who he may have thought was just a rookie but turned out to be the next seven-time champion. Nonetheless, Alonso has broken a few records in his career, and at the Dutch Grand Prix, he celebrated one of those moments again.
We gave it our all on the track. Very happy with the pace of the car, the podium, the fastest lap, and the strategy. Thank you @AstonMartinF1 💚, what a Sunday . #f1 #astonmartin #zandvoort pic.twitter.com/Q9ZNWBlhq0
— Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) August 27, 2023
While all eyes were on Max Verstappen equaling Sebastian Vettel‘s record, Alonso quietly celebrated an 11-year-long record of Schumacher. This would not be the first time the driver has beaten Michael Schumacher and has not come back to break a record.
Fernando Alonso becomes Michael Schumacher’s nightmare once again
Max Verstappen won his 9th consecutive race this season. This equals Sebastian Vettel’s record of 9 consecutive race wins which Verstappen might break at Monza. But while everyone cheered on the Dutchman, Alonso was celebrating his own little achievement. This would not be the first time Alonso has beaten Schumacher. The Spaniard is responsible for ending Schumacher’s five consecutive championship wins.
At the Dutch Grand Prix, he became a nightmare for the German again. Schumacher’s record of the longest interval between his first and last podium was 20 years and 3 months. Alonso broke this record by recording 20 years and 5 months of gap between his first and last podium. Michael Schumacher’s record was 7399 days long, and Alonso recorded 7,462 days beating the German’s record. This talks about the Spaniard’s brilliance at length.
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But with Fernando Alonso continuing to drive in Formula 1, he has a chance to beat his own record. So far, the two-time champion has no plans of leaving the sport. As he continues to drive for Aston Martin, the possibility of him winning another podium cannot be dismissed.
The Aston Martin team has shown pace in the recent races after their upgrades. However, with Red Bull’s dominance, it is difficult to say Alonso could win another championship title.