Still a spring chicken after all these years

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Fernando Alonso turns 41 today, a milestone that only reinforces the Alpine driver's status as the grid's senior citizen and bona fide F1 veteran.

But after 346 Grand Prix starts, 32 wins and two world championships - both achieved with Renault, in 2005 and 2006 - the forever-young Alonso continues to power on and to give it "200 per cent" every other Sunday.

Alonso started his career in Formula 1 with Minardi back in 2001, running the year before in F3000. The then 19-year-old - driving for Team Astromega - didn't win the championship that season, but he did score a victory at the last round at Spa, where he is seen in the picture hereabove brandishing the winner's gleaming trophy.

And by the way, Nando won his very first Grand Prix - with Renault - at the Hungaroring in 2003 where he'll be racing this weekend.

A full circle of sorts...