Fernando Alonso details scenario which would confirm he is too old for F1

Henry Valantine
Fernando Alonso speaking with George Russell at the 2023 pre-season photo call in Bahrain.

Fernando Alonso speaking with George Russell.

Fernando Alonso believes the only “disadvantage” he would face with age is if a younger driver overtakes him during a tough, physical race due to their fitness levels.

The two-time World Champion was quick to dismiss this as a concern, however, with the 41-year-old explaining that it “doesn’t happen” to him and his age and experience “only brings advantages” in the cockpit.

At 358 Formula 1 starts, he has begun more Grands Prix than any other driver in the sport’s history, and the Aston Martin driver’s start to 2023 has been evidence that he has no designs on loosening his grip on a drive in the series any time soon – with his move to the team even being prompted by Aston Martin offering him a multi-year contract.

While Alonso knows he will be unable to match the World title tally of Michael Schumacher at his age now, he is confident that he will continue on in Formula 1 to crack another significant milestone – and that the only age-related issue he can foresee is not even a problem for him.

“I can’t manage eight World Championship titles to overtake Schumi,” Alonso said, as per F1-Insider.com, “[but] I will reach 400 races for sure.

“If a young driver overtook me on the last lap in a physically demanding race, then age would be a disadvantage – but that doesn’t happen. So age only brings advantages – because of experience.”

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Fernando Alonso showing no signs at all of slowing down

With three podiums in the opening three rounds of the season, this year has been proof that, with Alonso finally behind the wheel of a car capable of competing for higher positions, he will be able to produce the results he has always been capable of doing.

His pace advantage has been clear over Lance Stroll, albeit with the caveat that his Aston Martin team-mate has made a remarkable recovery from a broken hand suffered in pre-season, and Alonso has been proving that he is still capable of mixing it among the best in Formula 1.

Alonso has spoken in the past about how drivers no longer need to be as super-fit as they used to be in order to drive Formula 1 cars to their peak performance, with the cars becoming heavier, power steering aiding somewhat and the drivers not pushing flat-out throughout the races as was the case during the days of refuelling.

This will unwittingly help Alonso as he keeps his physical level as high as possible compared to the rest of the field, but make no mistake, no mere mortal can simply jump into a Formula 1 car and expect to be fast.

Alonso’s speed and durability over the course of two decades is almost unmatched in the history of Formula 1, and very few people would begrudge him that long-awaited 33rd career victory if it ever comes his way.