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Fernando Alonso

Alonso reveals advice he give to younger-self

The Aston Martin driver is the most experienced driver in F1 history with 369 starts as of the Italian Grand Prix.

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Fernando Alonso has revealed he would tell his younger-self to "enjoy his free time" more amid the pressures of Formula 1.

Alonso made his F1 debut in 2001, before racing full-time between 2003 and 2018, during which time he claimed his two world titles and all of his 32 Grand Prix wins.

He returned for 2021 and has now recorded a total of 369 starts, as of the Italian Grand Prix, 45 more than the next most active experienced driver, Lewis Hamilton on 324 starts.

Reflecting on his career, Alonso believes that a more relaxed approach would have proved beneficial.

"Enjoy it more. I think when you are driving in different categories, eventually you just want to become a Formula 1 driver," he said when asked what advice he would give to a younger version of himself.

"You are not enjoying those categories because the pressure is just to get to the top one.

"If I go back, I would behave differently, maybe enjoy a little bit more my free time, the podium celebrations, the team dinners, all these things.

"Back then I thought [these] were moments that I was losing time to prepare for the next race."

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