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Fernando Alonso

The Magnussen feat Alonso has matched at Aston Martin

Fernando Alonso has matched a feat set by Kevin Magnussen in 2017 having switched across from Alpine in time for 2023.

Alonso Aston Martin Abu Dhabi
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There's not a lot Fernando Alonso has not done in his Formula 1 career.

Two titles, 32 wins, countless stunning drives and the odd bit of controversy have made Alonso one of the all-time greats, but there is something he had never done when he signed up for 2023 with Aston Martin.

Indeed, it is so rare that until now, it had only been achieved by Kevin Magnussen at Haas back in 2017 while others including Sebastian Vettel had come oh-so-close, but could not quite achieve it.

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Alonso matches Magnussen feat

Alonso has become just the second driver after Magnussen to drive power units from all four manufacturers.

He had previously run Ferrari, Honda and Renault units but until now had never been able to get his hands on a Mercedes engine.

Some would argue that Alonso has indeed run Mercedes engines before, during his explosive 2007 season alongside rookie Lewis Hamilton at McLaren.

While that is the case, this was with the old naturally-aspirated V8 engines and never with the current 1.6l V6 turbo hybrids.

Drivers to drive with most power units

Driver Mercedes Ferrari Renault Honda
Kevin Magnussen 2014 2017-onwards 2016 2015
Fernando Alonso 2023 2014 2018, 2021-22 2015-17
Sebastian Vettel 2021-22 2015-20 2014 N/A
Nico Hulkenberg 2014-16, 20, 2022 2023 2017-19 N/A

Slight caveat for Magnussen

Despite Magnussen using all four units first, he has not raced with all four.

The Dane has done so with Mercedes (2014), Renault (2016) and Ferrari (2017-onwards) units, and was set to add Honda in 2015, when he subbed for an injured Alonso at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

However, the Honda power unit expired on a recon lap to the grid in Melbourne, and with Alonso returning for the next race in Malaysia, it meant Magnussen never got to race with Honda power.

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