Alonso: Versatility will help in sports car attempts

Alonso: Versatility will help in sports car attempts

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Alonso: Versatility will help in sports car attempts


Fernando Alonso believes the versatility he already has as a driver will help him when it comes to his attempts to win at Daytona and Le Mans.

The Spaniard has already signed up to race in the Rolex 24 At Daytona for United Autosports in January, in what will be his first sports car race. Alonso wants to use that outing as preparation for a potential Le Mans attempt, with 2018 a possibility after a test for Toyota last weekend in Bahrain (pictured below).

Having also tested the United Autosports LMP2 car at Aragon this week (pictured at bottom), Alonso believes his ability to adapt to different situations will help him outside of F1.

“Obviously you believe in yourself and believe you can adapt very quickly to things,” Alonso said. “That has been one of my strongest points in my career here in Formula 1 – maybe I’m not the fastest in qualifying, not the fastest in the race, not the fastest in the wet, but I’m quite good in everything.

“So I was ready to take the challenge of different series and compete against the best drivers in that specific driving style, learn from them and take in all the advice that I can. That is quite a challenge.”

Asked how the tests were after driving two new cars within a matter of days, Alonso replied: “They feel great.

“I’m behind a steering wheel probably every week with different cars, but obviously the last two were public and a little bit bigger series. It was fantastic and I had the opportunity in Bahrain to test in LMP1, which is obviously a different car with some technologies we don’t have yet in F1 or some that have been banned, like traction control and four-wheel drive, which requires a different driving style.

“There are some limitations with fuel and things like that that makes it a little bit more frustrating than what we have here, but overall we had a good experience. And then with LMP2 in Spain testing for Daytona was also good fun. The cars were very different – more raw and more simple. Good fun and I’m ready for next winter in Daytona and not to have much free time.”

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