A look back at podium #1 for Fernando Alonso

It took the better part of three and a half hours after the checkered flag to make the call in Jeddah on Sunday, but Fernando Alonso officially scored his 100th career podium in Formula 1.

Alonso's milestone achievement in Saudi Arabia has put the Aston Martin charger among a privileged club of only six drivers who have clinched at least 100 podiums in F1, namely Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel, Alain Prost, Kimi Raikkonen and himself.

Alonso's century run started two decades ago in 2003, during his second year in F1.

In the second round of the season, in Malaysia – which that weekend also happened to be the venue of his first pole position in F1 – the then Renault young gun finished third at Kuala Lumpur behind race winner Kimi Raikkonen and runner-up Rubens Barrichello.

Alonso's hard-fought podium in Jeddah was also his second consecutive top-three achieved with Aston Martin.

There's no doubt the 41-year-old will be aiming a hat-trick next week in Australia.