April 14th, 2013 (F1Plus / Chris Cameron-Dow) - Fernando Alonso took a comfortable victory in today's Chinese Grand Prix to equal Nigel Mansell's total of 31 Grand Prix wins. Alonso is now joint-fourth in the list of Grand Prix winners, and with the retirement of Michael Schumacher at the end of 2012 is top of the list for current drivers.
It has taken Alonso 201 races to win 31 races, 12 more than Mansell required - 1992 champion Mansell's 31st and last victory came in his 189th race and last for Williams, the 1994 Australian Grand Prix. Alonso's next target for overall winners is Ayrton Senna, who won 41 races from 162 entries. Considering that Alonso is just 31 years old and driving for a very competitive Ferrari team, it seems inevitable that he will overhaul Senna's total and possibly Prost as well - the Frenchman won 51 races and held the record until Michael Schumacher obliterated all competition in his career and finished on 91 victories.
Alonso's nearest challenger currently racing is Sebastian Vettel, who has won 27 of the 104 races he has contested. Lewis Hamilton is next on 21 wins, just one ahead of Kimi Raikkonen. Of those four drivers, only Hamilton has yet to win this season, but his Mercedes team looks increasingly competitive and it should not be too long before he stands on the top step of the podium for the Silver Arrows.
Alonso will be aiming for victory number 32 in Bahrain next week. He holds the record for most wins in Bahrain with three - two for Renault and one in 2010 for Ferrari - and will be looking to increase that number and take the lead of the 2013 Drivers Championship in the process.