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A pic­to­rial trib­ute to Alonso

As the For­mula 1 world di­gests the news of Fer­nando Alonso’s de­ci­sion to quit, we’re turn­ing back the Pa­rade clock to some of his most vis­ceral mo­ments.

From the time he en­tered the pad­dock as a cal­low but in­tense Benet­ton test driver, Alonso marked him­self out as a spe­cial tal­ent. In 2005 he beat Emer­son Fit­ti­paldi’s 33-yearold record to be the youngest cham­pion in the sport’s his­tory, and that char­ac­ter­is­tic in­ten­sity is on full show in this shot from the cli­mac­tic Brazil­ian GP.

Third place (be­hind a Mclaren 1-2) was enough to seal the ti­tle, and in parc fermé he jumped on his Re­nault’s nose and re­leased his emo­tions in a tri­umphant yell: “TOMA!”

Pho­tog­ra­pher Mark Capil­i­tan/sut­ton Im­ages

Where In­ter­la­gos, Brazil When 4.38pm, Sun­day 25 Septem­ber 2005

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