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Fernando Alonso

A year in the career of Fernando Alonso

The two-time champion reached yet another landmark at the British Grand Prix - with RacingNews365 reflecting on his long career.

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At the British Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso reached a Formula 1 milestone that went quietly unnoticed.

No real fanfare was made as it slipped by with the two-time World Champion earning an unremarkable seventh place finish at Silverstone.

It was the 365th time Alonso took the start of an F1 Grand Prix - meaning he has now spent one of his 41 (soon to be 42) years racing on a Sunday. Just how many days he's actually spent in a car if you add in practice, Qualifying, sprints and testing, you could probably add another couple of years.

Now, the stats fans among you will notice that Alonso actually has 368 entries to his record but only 365 starts.

The missing three come at the 2001 Belgian, 2005 United States and 2017 Russian Grands Prix.

He could not take the restart at Spa after an early red flag due to mechanical problems, the infamous Michelin tyre disaster put pay to the afternoon at Indianapolis after the formation lap and then the McLaren ground to a halt in Sochi before lights out.

As Alonso did not take the start in any of these three races, they do not count as Grand Prix appearances, and for our purposes, they will be discounted.

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A year in the career of Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso has reached 365 F1 starts - here are when key moments in his career fall in the year.

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