Greatest day of Alonso's life

Greatest day of Alonso's life

Fernando Alonso's record-breaking first victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix was a brilliant drive and what the Spanish youngster describes as a milestone and the greatest day of his life. Alonso led from pole position and maintained such a lead...

Fernando Alonso's record-breaking first victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix was a brilliant drive and what the Spanish youngster describes as a milestone and the greatest day of his life. Alonso led from pole position and maintained such a lead from McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen that by the second round of pit stops he was able to rejoin in the lead. From then on he was unassailable to the line.

Fernando Alonso.
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"The key thing was to get a good start, and I did," he told the Renault website. "After ten laps, I started worrying about where the others were and the team told me I was more than fifteen seconds ahead. From then on, I could control the race as I wanted."

"The chassis was fantastic around the Hungaroring, and we knew the circuit characteristics should suit us," he added of the R23 being so competitive. "Having said that, we didn't think we'd be fighting for the win. Pat Symonds chose a very aggressive strategy, and he was right. We also managed to make up for a slight lack in straightline speed with a set-up that let us be very competitive in the final sector."

Alonso even lapped five-time champion Michael Schumacher on his way to his first victory. However, although the win was important, Fernando has his sights set on more in the future. "Let's call it a milestone. A first win is a very important event in an F1 driver's career. My aim, though, is still to be world champion one day. I managed to compete with Kimi and Juan Pablo today, and I hope to be able to do that regularly in the future. Renault will let me do that, I am sure."

Come the closing stages, Alonso was imagining he could hear all sorts of noises coming from the car but his fears proved groundless as he took the chequered flag. Now the achievement is starting to sink in: "I'm still on a high!" He said. "Pole, a win and the media attention: it's almost too much for one person! Even the King of Spain called me this afternoon to congratulate me. It's the greatest day of my life."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Kimi Raikkonen , Fernando Alonso
Teams McLaren