The Graham Hill milestone that Alonso wants to match one day

The honor of the Triple Crown belongs to the British pilot, who died in 1975. This is the story of how he conquered it. Fernando Alonso plans to achieve it one day.


Almost everything in the automotive life of Graham Hill (UK, 1929) was atypical. He started driving relatively late, at age 24, after serving as a mechanic's apprentice and going through the military. Also, his first F1 experience came as a mechanic at Lotus with Colin Chapman. And the most unique thing about his career turns out to be a milestone in motoring history that no other driver has been able to match. Hill is the owner of the Triple Crown - to win the Monaco F1 GP (or the World Championship), the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Indianapolis 500 - the only one who has achieved it (see infographic above) .

In his race against history, Fernando Alonso treads in the footsteps of Graham Hill. The Asturian seems the only active driver - Juan Pablo Montoya is not seen winning in F1 - who can reach the Triple Crown. Only the Indianapolis 500 is missing from his track record, which he led for 27 laps at its premiere in 2017.Like Fernando (champion in 2005 and 2006), Hill won the F1 World Cup twice (1962 and 1968). If we look at the most classic canons, which grant the Monaco GP the distinction of the third event to show this honor instead of the F1 World Championship, the British won five times (1963, 64, 65, 68 and 79) in the Principality and the Spanish, two (2006 and 2007). Alonso also climbed to the top of the podium twice in the 24 Hours of Le Mans (2018 and 2019), while Hill won them in 1972. If the Spaniard also achieves the 500 Miles, the Triple Crown will be his property. Although, if he can finally do it one day, he will do so in a different order than the British myth, who won first at Indiana Motor Speedway, before winning the world's premier endurance event.

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