Gregor Grant: Alonso

Spain's Fernando Alonso has received a Gregor Grant Award for becoming the youngest winner of a World Championship Grand Prix at Budapest in August

Gregor Grant: Alonso

The award is named after the founding editor of AUTOSPORT Magazine. Alonso was honoured after he finally broke Bruce McLaren's long-standing record that dated back to the 1959 United States Grand Prix.

Alonso was just 22 years and 26 days old when he won the Hungarian Grand Prix, which edged McLaren's mark by 77 days. In so doing he also became the first Spaniard to win a Grand Prix.



Particularly impressive was the quality of the win itself. Alonso took pole position for the race and led the entire distance. Although many of his rivals tripped over themselves on raceday, the Alonso and his Renault were undoubtedly in a class of their own.

Budapest was a particularly remarkable place for one so young to win his first Grand Prix. The race is the longest and hottest on the calendar, and the track demands maximum concentration for its endless succession of turns. It is dusty off-line and unforgiving of mistakes.

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