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Issue 259 - October 2018

Blending incisive writing, award-winning photography and innovative design, F1 Racing magazine delivers a unique insight into the world’s fastest and most exciting sport.Complete with world exclusives, in-depth driver interviews, race analysis and comprehensive season guides and previews, if it’s happening in Formula 1 it can be found in F1 Racing magazine.

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farewell to f1’s last action hero

Anger of course. Frustration, too. But most of all, relief. These have been the feelings shared between F1 Racing friends and family as news of Fernando Alonso’s departure from F1 sank in. The anger and frustration are easy enough to understand: as both Peter Windsor (p22) and Andrew Benson (p32) eloquently describe this month, a driver so richly skilled and aggressively competitive should surely have more to his account than two world titles and 32 grand prix victories. This is not to demean these considerable achievements, for Alonso’s place in the record books alongside fellow two-time champs Alberto Ascari, Graham Hill, Jim Clark, Emerson Fittipaldi and Mika Häkkinen is secure and estimable. Yet those three second-place title finishes for Ferrari in 2010, 2012 and 2013 with the ‘joint-points second’ (with Lewis Hamilton)…

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ANDREW BENSON BBC Sport’s Andrew Benson gives his expert opinion of Fernando Alonso’s decision to quit Formula 1. Read his analysis on page 32 ALISTER THORPE Strict rules at the RAC Club in Pall Mall dictate that ties must be worn at all times, including for our photographer who shot John Barnard, p70 PAT SYMONDS On page 24, the former Renault and Williams chief technical officier presents his views on the proposed wheel size changes in F1 STUART CODLING Designer John Barnard was interviewed by our executive editor ‘Codders’, who you can see also obeyed the strict tie rule...…

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alonso becomes the youngest champ

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-year-old 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…

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capping off 2006 with a second title

Ferrari rocketed back into contention in 2006, making this season a real nail-biter – and one in which the new generation, represented by Alonso, properly asserted themselves over the old, led by Michael Schumacher. Going into Interlagos, Alonso held a slim lead over Michael Schumacher, who had announced this race would be his last in F1 (until he made his comeback in 2010). Schumacher had to win the race and hope that Alonso didn’t score a point if he had any chance of taking back his crown, but an early puncture ruined Schumacher’s hopes. Alonso claimed the title ahead of his move to McLaren for ’07. Where Interlagos, Brazil When 4.56pm, Sunday 22 October 2006…

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hamilton & alonso: too close to call

There was nothing to separate Fernando Alonso and his rookie team-mate Lewis Hamilton when they raced together for McLaren in 2007. Going into the final race of the season, Hamilton was ahead on 107 points, with Alonso in his wake on 103 and Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen on 100. But on the opening corner of the Brazilian GP, Alonso saw an opportunity to go wheel-to-wheel with his team-mate and pass him for third place. After a gearbox malfunction scuppered Hamilton’s race, he finished seventh. Up ahead, Räikkönen won the race and took the title by one point from the two McLaren drivers, who finished on 109 each. Where Interlagos, Brazil When 2.04pm, Sunday 21 October 2007…

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five seasons without a victory

At the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix, Alonso scored the 32nd victory of his career. At Monaco two weeks later, he revealed a special one-off helmet celebrating all his F1 wins. He hasn’t won since. This helmet featured an intricate jigsaw design with each piece denoting a grand prix victory, in order of success, and Lorenzo Bellanca photographed it in the Ferrari garage just before FP1 on Thursday morning in Monaco. Below the Ferrari logo were two final jigsaw pieces. They displayed an ace of clubs and the ace of hearts, a reference to Monaco’s famous Casino, and perhaps a nod to Alonso’s love of card tricks. Where Monaco, Monte Carlo When 9.53am, Thursday 23 May 2013 Details Canon EOS-1DX, 85mm lens, 1/320th @ F2.8…