The Formula 1 World Championship has been around since 1950, and in its seven-decade history, many drivers have participated in at least one Grand Prix. However, others have been more fortunate and have participated in hundreds of races. Among current drivers, World Champions Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso have entered the most F1 weekends.
Raikkonen has 347 entries, while Alonso has 330 to his name. The pair of World Champions not only lead that table among current drivers but also lead the all-time table of Grands Prix entered, with Brazilian Rubens Barrichello third behind the Finn and the Spaniard with 326 races entered.
#OnThisDay in 2005, Raikkonen amazingly won the Japanese GP after starting 17th 🤯
The race also saw Alonso’s bold move around the outside of Schumacher at 130R!
— Autosport (@autosport) October 9, 2021
Coincidentally, Raikkonen and Alonso made their respective F1 debuts in the same Grand Prix, the 2001 Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne. At the time, Raikkonen made his debut with Sauber, while Alonso first drove for Minardi.
Another coincidence in the respective careers of these two legends is that neither of them has been in Formula 1 in every year since 2001. Raikkonen stopped racing in 2009 and then returned to F1 in 2012 with Lotus. On his side, Alonso did not compete in the pinnacle of motorsport in 2002, and then retired in 2018 before returning in 2021.