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