GP Malaysia: [Video] GP Malaysia 2003: Fernando Alonso premiered his track record


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Fernando Alonso faced in 2003, his second season in Formula 1, the first with Renault. And even though the year had begun in an acceptable manner, with a seventh place finish in the Australian Grand Prix, a few indicators were that the Spanish would begin to make history just two weeks later, in Malaysia.

The Formula 1 premiered that year a new classification system to a back, with the first session on Friday, which determined the order of intervention in the second and final Saturday. Fernando Alonso came to her with the tenth best time, and he confronted the 5.543 meters of course with the Toyota of Olivier Panis in the first position in the interim. Was a lap with no mistakes and Fernando was placed first, with little more than a second of advantage over the French.

Jarno Trulli, sixth on Friday, it was less than two tenths. Were the heavy weights to come out. But neither Coulthard nor Räikkönen, neither Montoya or Barrichello or Michael Schumacher were able to improve the registration of the riders of Renault. It is true that the R23 of the Spanish was most downloaded fuel, but not as much as some supposed. Alonso became the youngest driver in history to get a pole.

The next day, the affected by a virus and forced to change it manually in the final stretch of the race (“Frankly, I thought that I was not going to be able to reach the goal”, stated at the end), Alonso rounded out the weekend with third place, his first podium in Formula 1, just behind the McLaren of Kimi Räikkönen (who released as well his account of victories) and the Ferrari of Rubens Barrichello. It was the first page of a book that she still had a lot to fill out… although, to be frank, how anyone could imagine it?