In the 72-year history of Formula 1, hundreds of drivers have tried to touch the glory by participating in a grand prix, and although a select club has achieved it, very few have been able to continue competing at the highest level for many seasons. One of those who has done it is Fernando Alonso, who is about to turn 41 years old and is still in shape to delight fans with his maneuvers aboard an Alpine that is not very competitive with respect to the leaders.
The man from Oviedo, who returned to the Great Circus last season after two sabbaticals away from the top category, but not from motorsport, is breaking record after record in Formula 1 every weekend that he gets into the car, and in the The 2022 French Grand Prix added another milestone to his impressive list.
Throughout this campaign, the two-time world champion has managed to become the rider with the longest career, the one with the most kilometers in the race and, since last weekend at Paul Ricard, the one with the most laps it has taken in history.
With the 53 laps completed in the French race, the Asturian has raised the figure to 18,672 , an impressive number considering the number of laps that take place in a year, around 1,300. With his brand, he surpasses other sports legends, such as Kimi Raikkonen, who throughout his 350 grand prix and 19 seasons in Formula 1 was able to roll a total of 18,621 , a statistic that Lewis Hamilton, third in this historic classification, did not it will take time to beat, since it has given 17,146 turns.
Those who will no longer be able to overcome the 17,000 lap barrier will be Michael Schumacher (16,825), Rubens Barrichello (16,631) and Jenson Button (16,271), but Sebastian Vettel will, who maintains his active streak and is seventh overall with 15,889 laps .
Among the top 10 drivers with the most laps completed in the history of Formula 1 are also Felipe Massa, who managed to give 14,852 until his retirement in the 2015 season with Williams, Sergio Pérez, who will take time to catch up with the Brazilian after adding 12,428 laps, and David Coulthard, who was left with 12,394 in his farewell to the Great Circus back in 2008.
Drivers with the most laps completed in the history of Formula 1
|Position||Pilot||Number of laps completed in F1|
|1st||Ferdinand Alonzo *||18,672|
|3rd||Lewis Hamilton *||17,146|
|7th||Sebastian Vettel *||15,889|
|9th||Sergio Perez *||12,428|
* Active drivers in the 2022 Formula 1 season
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