When was Fernando Alonso's last podium finish in F1?

Jake Nichol November 21, 2021
When was Fernando Alonso's last podium finish in F1?
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Fernando Alonso claimed third place in the Qatar Grand Prix, but when was his last podium finish in F1? When was the last time he won in F1?

Alonso qualified fifth fastest for the inaugural Qatar Grand Prix, but started third after grid penalties.

Using soft tyres, he quickly jumped Pierre Gasly and slotted in behind Lewis Hamilton, who cleared off into the distance.

Alonso was quickly passed by Max Verstappen for second, as a three-way battle for the final podium spot developed.

Valtteri Bottas was removed after a puncture, and with Sergio Perez on a two-stop strategy, Alpine left Alonso on a one-stopper.

There was some doubt Alonso could make it to the end after a flurry of late punctures, but a Virtual Safety Car helped Alonso to claim third place.

It’s the first podium of his comeback to F1, but when was the last time Alonso took a podium in F1?

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Fernando Alonso’s last podium in F1

In the entire turbo hybrid era, Alonso had taken just two podium finishes since 2014 in F1.

Both came for Ferrari in 2014.

He took a third in China, but his last outing with the champagne in F1 came at the 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix.

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He was leading for Ferrari in the closing stages on worn tyres, but a charging Daniel Ricciardo stormed past to take the win.

Alonso came home second for Ferrari and Hamilton in third.

It is his first podium finish in 105 grand prix starts from Budapest to Losail.

The day Alonso last took a podium in F1, Hamilton was a one-time world champion with 27 wins.

He is now a seven-time champion with 102 wins after victory in Qatar.

What about his last win?

Alonso has never taken a win in the turbo hybrid era, having been left with uncompetitive Ferraris and McLarens.

His last win was in the 2013 season, in the final season of the V8 era.

It came on home soil in Spain as he cruised to a second win of the season from five races.

That was 130 grand prix starts ago in May 2013.

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Jake can usually be found writing about or watching anything to do with motorsport – from Formula 1 to NASCAR to British Truck Racing. His work as a motorsport journalist has been published by the likes of Autosport, Motorsport.com and Motorsport News – all highly respected names. Away from racing he is a keen amateur astronomer, podcast listener and enjoys long walks in the park with his three dogs.