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Fernando Alonso

Alonso set to equal 51 year F1 record with new Aston deal

Fernando Alonso will carry on in Formula 1 until at least 2026, making the him the first 45-year-old to race in F1 since a fellow world champion

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Fernando Alonso's two-year contract extension with Aston Martin will take him past his 45th birthday in the 2026 season.

It will extend his F1 career into a 23rd season by the end of that deal, he should be nudging over 450 grands prix entered.

He is set to become the first driver to reach 400 starts in Qatar later this year, and assuming the 2026 calendar also features 24 races as the '25 one will, the season finale of '26 will be the 1,173rd World Championship event.

Providing Alonso is not injured and is entered into all these races, that brings his total to 452 entries and 449 starts.

That total of 452 entries would mean Alonso would have entered 38.53% of all F1 world championship races.

His longevity in carrying on beyond his 45th birthday makes him a rarity, and in doing so, he will become the first F1 driver since fellow two-time world champion Graham Hill at the 1975 Brazilian Grand Prix to race as a 45-year-old.

But as the table below shows, Alonso will need to race on for at least another 10 years to smash the record for 'oldest F1 driver of all-time' - currently held by Monegasque Louis Chiron with his sixth place in his home Monaco Grand Prix of 1955.

Chiron was 55 years, nine months and 19 days old, meaning if Alonso wants to break that record, he will need to race in any grand prix after Tuesday, 19th May 2037.

Based on the current calendar, that should be on Sunday, 24th May - the Monaco Grand Prix...

10 oldest F1 drivers of all-time - with bonus drivers

Rank Driver Race Age
1. Louis Chiron Monaco 1955 55 years, 9 months, 19 days
2. Philippe Etancelin France 1952 55 years, 6 months, 8 days
3. Arthur Legat Belgium 1953 54 years, 7 months, 20 days
4. Luigi Fagioli France 1951 53 years, 0 months, 22 days
5. Adolf Brudes Germany 1952 52 years, 9 months, 19 days
6. Hans Stuck Italy 1953 52 years, 8 months, 17 days
7. Bill Aston Germany 1952 52 years, 4 months, 5 days
8. Clemente Biondetti Italy 1950 52 years, 0 months, 16 days
9. Louis Rosier Germany 1956 50 years, 9 months, 0 days
10. Rudolf Schoeller Germany 1952 50 years, 3 months, 7 days
16. Giuseppe Farina Belgium 1955 48 years, 7 months, 6 days
25. Juan Manuel Fangio France 1958 47 years, 0 months, 12 days
34. Graham Hill Brazil 1975 45 years, 11 months, 11 days
49. Jack Brabham Mexico 1970 44 years, 6 months, 23 days
57. Michael Schumacher Brazil 2012 43 years, 10 months, 22 days
78. Fernando Alonso Japan 2024 42 years, 8 months, 9 days

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