Looking at Fernando Alonso’s legacy
With a win over the weekend in the 2018 24 Hours of Le Man, Fernando Alonso becomes a driver one-step closer to completing the legendary triple crown of motorsport.
What is the Triple Crown though and why does a 2 time Formula One World Champion want this unofficial achievement over focusing on winning more Formula One Championships?
The Triple Crown
The Triple Crown of Motorsport is the unofficial achievement which includes victories in the 3 most prestigious races around the world, the Indianapolis 500, 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Monaco Grand Prix.
The Triple Crown was slightly easier to achieve when Formula One first started as the Indianapolis 500 was apart of the racing calendar (from 1950-1960) but even still there has only ever been one driver who has completed the Triple Crown.
Graham Hill OBE also known as “Mr Monaco” is the only person ever to achieve this. Winning the Indianapolis 500 in 1966, 24 hours of Le Mans in 1972, and winning at Monaco 5 times hence the nickname “Mr. Monaco.”
Currently, Fernando Alonso and Juan Pablo Montoya are the only 2 active drivers who have completed 2 legs of the Crown with Montoya having won Indianapolis and the Monaco Grand Prix.
Why Alonso wants to win the Triple Crown over Formula One Championships?
It all comes down to one word… Legacy
Fernando Alonso is a driver with many achievements to his name, he was the man to end Michael Schumacher’s reign with back to back championships in 2005-06 with Renault. This though was the start of a line of controversies that would plague Alonso’s career and see chances to match or beat Michael Schumacher slip through his fingers.
Whether it was his turbulent year with McLaren and the rocky relationship he had with Ron Dennis, Spy-Gate, or Crash-Gate Alonso is a man who may have burnt too many bridges to now put himself into a championship winning car.
It has been over a decade since he won his last championship and 5 years since he was a real contender for one and with emerging young talent like Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen, and Charles Leclerc is it even possible for Alonso to find himself in the driver’s seat of a title contender?
Alonso wanted to beat Schumacher’s seven titles, but now sees the triple crown as a way to show he is a more ‘complete driver’
With the precision needed for the narrow streets of Monaco, the endurance of Le Man, or pure speed of Indianapolis the triple crown is definitely a big goal but whether it will beat or match Schumacher’s 7 Formula One titles will be one heavily debated if or when Alonso claims the triple crown.