Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso visited Toyota Motorsport Gmbh in Cologne yesterday for a seat fitting, RACER has learned, as preparation for what looks like an increasingly likely Le Mans 24 Hours appearance with the Japanese brand in 2018 in a hybrid-powered LMP1.
Asked to comment, TMG said “we have no comment on this speculation.” However, a Toyota Gazoo Racing spokesperson did acknowledge during last weekend’s 6 Hours of Shanghai WEC race that “the door is wide open” for Alonso to compete with the team at Le Mans in 2018.
Toyota Gazoo Racing has yet to confirm its 2018/19 WEC “Super Season” plans, although it is expected to field a pair of TS050 LMP1 HYBRIDs for the full season, which included two runnings of the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Current McLaren F1 driver Alonso has clearly expressed a wish to compete at the Le Mans 24 Hours, in the wake of a run last year with McLaren/Andretti at the Indianapolis 500, and his decision to sign with United Autosports for a drive in the 2018 Rolex 24 At Daytona.
At the Rolex 24, Alonso will compete as part of a two-car effort from UA, sharing a Ligier JS P217 with McLaren F1 test and reserve driver Lando Norris and Philip Hanson.