Fernando Alonso is happy to spend his 40th birthday in Budapest – a city he enjoys and which holds some special memories.

In 2003, approaching the end of his first season with Renault and only his second as an F1 racer, the Spaniard took pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix and his maiden victory – ironically with Kimi Raikkonen, also still on the grid 18 years later, in second place.

Now, on the eve of the 2021 edition of that race weekend, Alonso will be back at the Hungaroring for the usual track walk and media commitments – only this time it coincides with the two-time former World Champion turning the ‘grand old age’ of 40 on Thursday.

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