The statistics show how special this podium is: Alonso is back on the podium for the first time since the 2014 Hungarian GP (back in the Ferrari). That was seven years, three months and 25 days ago. Only one driver in history had to wait longer for a podium visit: Alexander Wurz. Seven years, nine months and eleven days passed between his third place at the 1997 British GP in a Benetton-Renault and that at the 2005 Imola GP in a McLaren-Mercedes.
Three over 40 drivers in 30 years
“It’s nice to be back here,” says Alonso. “With the soft tires, I even thought I could lead after the first lap. Well, that didn’t work out. But third place is fantastic. Finally back on the podium, I’ve waited seven years for it! “
Alonso with the most overtaking maneuvers in 2021
Alonso is clearly enjoying his return: “If I leave Formula 1 without another win, I’ll still be very, very happy and proud.”
How well Alpine starts the new era from 2022 will determine how long Alonso continues to drive Formula 1. In the 17th race of the 2022 season, he will break Kimi Räikkönen’s record for most Grands Prix. Alonso: “My intention or consideration is to drive a few more years. But whether I will still be there in 2024 or 2025 remains to be seen. “