Records crash in Budapest

Records fell, milestones were passed and droughts were ended by Fernando Alonso's win in Budapest. Most significantly, the win ends Bruce McLaren's reign as youngest driver to win a Grand Prix. That record lasted since the New Zealander's win at the United States Grand Prix in 1959.

Records crash in Budapest

Alonso took the flag aged 22 years and 26 days. McLaren's triumph came when the Kiwi was 22 and 103 days old. At the Malaysian Grand Prix earlier this year, Alonso also became the youngest-ever Formula One polesitter.

The win was the first for a French team or constructor since Olivier Panis won the 1996 Monaco race for Prost. Renault themselves had not won as a full constructor since Alain Prost crossed the line first in the 1983 Austrian Grand Prix. The Parisian engines had however won races with Williams as recently as 1997.

Alonso is the first Spanish driver in history to win a championship Grand Prix. It is a particularly significant moment for a country that has not got a strong car-racing tradition.

A new winner in Hungary means that there have now been eight victors in 2003. With three races yet to run, there have already been as many race winners as in any season since 1985, when there were also eight. 1982's record of eleven Grand Prix winners could mathematically be equalled.

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