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Fernando Alonso stands to record a few unique milestones at the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend, should he win the race on Sunday despite the odds after qualifying.
If the Spaniard clinches his fourth victory of the season, it would move him to a joint fourth position on the all-time winners list with Nigel Mansell.
The Ferrari driver would have then recorded 31 careers victories on his 31st birthday, and would be claiming the top step of the podium for the Italian team for the tenth time.
Hungaroring is also the venue where Alonso registered his first Formula 1 win with Renault a decade ago, and becoming the youngest race winner at the time.
Since then he has clinched two world titles, both with the French manufacturer, and has raced for McLaren as well – albeit in the controversial 2007 season.
“It is amazing to think that I have kept on winning, with different teams and under different rules, with V10s and V8s, with Bridgestone and Pirelli, with refuelling and no refuelling,” Alonso said. “I never thought when I won here in 2003 that I would also win two titles and now drive for Ferrari.”
Although there are still ten races to go in the season, including the Hungarian GP, Alonso is bidding for his elusive third world championship – which slipped narrowly from his grasp in 2007 and 2010.
“It would mean I have the same as Ayrton (Senna) who was my idol and my reference point when I was in karts and also it would make me the same as other names such as (Niki) Lauda. I hope it comes sooner rather than later!” Alonso said.