Fernando Alonso will contest the full World Endurance Championship (WEC) in 2018, alongside its Formula 1 campaign with McLaren, after a WEC round has been moved to avoid the series of ” calendars of the clashes.
Alonso had been due to take part in all rounds of the WEC – including making his debut at le Mans – except for the Japanese round at Fuji, who was on the same weekend as the US grand prix.
However, such is the mob attraction is a 36-year Spanish that this race was presented from 21 October to 14 October.
The schedule change has been requested by the Fuji race circuit, even if it is the property of Toyota, including the Gazoo Racing team Alonso will be driving.
It seems that this is the first time that an FIA world championship event has been postponed solely to ensure that a driver can participate.
Alonso has described the decision as “great news”; it will now allow him to fully challenge for the WEC title.
In the course of the season, Alonso will be the engine of the n ° 8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid alongside Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima, both of which have already raced against him in F1. Buemi also has a Formula E title to his name.
Alonso, who came close to win his first Indianapolis 500 last year with McLaren, will be the first race of its LMP1 car in the WEC match of the season at Spa-Francorchamps on May 5.
He replaces Anthony Davidson, the former F1 racer who won the 2014 WEC, the championship with Toyota, the team’s main line-up. The 38-year-old Brit, who has been with Toyota since its debut in the WEC in 2012, now becomes the team’s reserve and development driver.
Alonso said of Le Mans: “This is a race that I have followed closely for a long time, and it has always been an ambition of mine to participate.
“Endurance racing is a different discipline in comparison with the single-seaters, and this will be an interesting challenge. It will be a learning curve for me, but I am ready for this challenge and I can’t wait to start”.
The TS050 Hybrid is the only remaining electrified entry in the WEC LMP1 class, following the withdrawal of Porsche last year and Audi in the year before.
The LMP1 class also have more than five privateer teams, including the Manor house, which will use the Ginetta’s new GT60-LT-P1.
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