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Fernando Alonso

Alonso edges to Schumacher record with Bahrain GP podium

After claiming the 99th podium of his career during the Bahrain Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso enters a list of drivers that contains Michael Schumacher.

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For a 41 year-old, Fernando Alonso is pretty impressive.

After an ecstatic run of form throughout the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend, the two-time Formula 1 World Champion took a shock podium with a team that finished as high as 12th in last year's race.

It was the 99th podium of his career and enabled him to enter the top 20 in a list that he is likely climb in the coming seasons.

Not far off Schumacher

The list of 'Oldest drivers with an F1 podium' might not seem that glamorous, but it is a tribute to the drivers that still had natural ability as their careers went on.

Michael Schumacher was the last entrant to the list with his third place podium at the 2012 European Grand Prix at 43 years, 5 months, and 12 days - a that was incidentally won by Alonso.

With Alonso on a two-year contract at Aston Martin, it is likely that he could beat Schumachers record as he turns 43 next year.

The oldest driver on the list is Luigi Fagioli at 53 years and 22 days, having won the 1951 French Grand Prix with Juan Manuel Fangio.

Given the form of Aston Martin, Alonso could also break another record should the right circumstances present themselves.

Oldest F1 Podium Finishers

Position Driver Age at last podium
1 Luigi Fagioli 53 years, 0 months, 22 days
2 Louis Chiron 50 years, 9 months, 18 days
3 Felice Bonetto 49 years, 11 months, 29 days
4 Piero Taruffi 48 years, 10 months, 30 days
5 Giuseppe 'Nino' Farina 48 years, 7 months, 6 days
6 Juan Manuel Fangio 46 years, 2 months, 15 days
7 Karl Kling 44 years, 10 months, 0 days
8 Louis Rosier 44 years, 7 months, 13 days
9 Luigi Villoresi 44 years, 3 months, 28 days
10 Jack Brabham 44 years, 3 months, 16 days
11 Mauri Rose 44 years, 0 months, 4 days
12 Michael Schumacher 43 years, 5 months, 21 days
13 Sam Hanks 42 years, 10 months, 17 days
14 Jacques Laffite 42 years, 7 months, 1 days
15 Mario Andretti 42 years, 6 months, 15 days
16 Bill Holland 42 years, 5 months, 12 days
17 Maurice Trintignant 42 years, 3 months, 8 days
18 John Love 42 years, 0 months, 26 days
19 Fernando Alonso 41 years, 7 months, 5 days
20 Carlos Menditeguy 41 years, 5 months, 3 days

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