Top 25 Formula 1 drivers of all-time

Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Formula 1 (Photo by Paul-Henri Cahier/Getty Images)
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Fernando Alonso, Formula 1
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Top Formula 1 drivers of all-time: #10 – Fernando Alonso

Many wonder what Fernando Alonso’s career would look like had he had the opportunity to spend more time competing in top-tier equipment, and that is despite the fact that he does have 32 victories to his name, which ranks sixth on the all-time list.

However, the last several seasons prior to his first retirement, which came after the 2018 season, were spent driving machinery that was just fortunate to score points on a semi-regular basis.

His 312 career starts rank third on the all-time starts list, but they also deflate his career winning percentage to just 10.26%, which is the lowest among the drivers who rank in the top 14 on the all-time wins list.

But his 32nd victory came in start number 202, at which point his winning percentage was 15.84%, higher than three of those other drivers. That took place early in the 2013 season. He hasn’t finished on the podium in any of his last 85 starts.

Alonso, a two-time Monaco Grand Prix winner, is set to come out of retirement in the 2021 season after two years away, and he is set to do so with Alpine, the team formerly known as Renault. Renault are the team with which he won both of his world championships in 2005 and 2006.

He won seven races in each of those two seasons, and 15 of his 32 wins came with the team, as he also secured his first career win in 2003 with them.

Whether or not Alpine can be competitive enough to get Alonso back on the podium, or even to the top step, remains to be seen, but he is set to return on a multi-year deal, which includes the 2022 season when the new rules and regulations are slated to take effect.