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Fernando Alonso

Could Alonso join this legendary list in 2023?

With Aston Martin showing some real progress in pre-season testing, could we see Fernando Alonso sneak a surprise victory?

Aston Martin Alonso Testing
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Aston Martin turned a lot of heads with their form during 2023 Formula 1 testing, prompting several team bosses to brand them as a threat at the sharp end of the grid.

It would be audacious to assume that Aston Martin can challenge for victories after a tough 2022 season, but with the team making use of its 100% aero testing advantage to great effect, they could be in the running for a victory should the circumstances present themselves.

Alonso could match Mansell

Cue Fernando Alonso, who after making some unlucky team moves in his F1 career, finally looks like he is settling into one that could bring him back onto the podium and potentially on the top step.

Whether it's sodden conditions or genuine luck that brings him into contention, Alonso could join the lucrative group of 'Oldest Grand Prix Winners' in the history of Formula 1.

At 41 years-old Alonso would become the first driver since Nigel Mansell to win a race at that age.

A look at the stats show that he would have to hang on for another 12 years before he broke the record of 'Oldest Grand Prix Winner' set by Luigi Fagioli in 1951.

The last driver to enter the list was Kimi Raikkonen, who of course took his final victory in F1 with Ferrari at the 2018 United States Grand Prix at 39 years old.

Incidentally, Lewis Hamilton could theoretically enter the top 20 this season, having turned 38 in January.

Oldest Grand Prix Winners

Position Driver Age at last win
1 Luigi Fagioli 53 years, 0 months, 22 days
2 Giuseppe Farina 46 years, 9 months, 3 days
3 Juan Manuel Fangio 46 years, 1 months, 11 days
4 Piero Taruffi 45 years, 7 months, 6 days
5 Jack Brabham 43 years, 11 months, 5 days
6 Sam Hanks 42 years, 10 months, 17 days
7 Nigel Mansell 41 years, 3 months, 5 days
8 Lee Wallard 40 years, 8 months, 23 days
9 Maurice Trintignant 40 years, 6 months, 19 days
10 Graham Hill 40 years, 3 months, 3 days
11 Clay Regazzoni 39 years, 10 months, 9 days
12 Carlos Reutemann 39 years, 1 months, 5 days
13 Kimi Räikkönen 39 years, 0 months, 4 days
14 Nelson Piquet 38 years, 9 months, 16 days
15 Riccardo Patrese 38 years, 6 months, 8 days
16 Mario Andretti 38 years, 5 months, 30 days
17 Alain Prost 38 years, 5 months, 1 day
18 Rodger Ward 38 years, 4 months, 20 days
19 Damon Hill 37 years, 11 months, 13 days
20 Gerhard Berger 37 years, 11 months, 0 days

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