Fernando Alonso has described his chances of racing for Toyota at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours as 50-50.
The Spaniard is taking part in this weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona for United Autosports, marking his first sports car race and his first endurance event in sports cars. Alonso has previously admitted that the race provides him with a good opportunity to learn for a future Le Mans attempt, and he is believed to be close to a deal to race for Toyota in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) this year, having tested for the team in Bahrain at the end of 2017.
However, asked about his aspirations for taking part in Le Mans this year, Alonso insists there is still plenty of uncertainty over his participation.
“It’s no secret that I would like to race in Le Mans in the future,” Alonso said. “If it’s this year or not this year is still not 100 percent sure. It could happen, yes, but it’s 50-50.
“There are many things that you need to put together to make it happen and we are trying to do everything we can. Hopefully the answer will be yes, but when it will be yes or not you all will know at the same time as I will.”
At present Toyota has committed to the 2018/19 WEC Super Season but has yet to confirm whether it will make any changes to its driver line-up as it fields two cars, saying it would make an announcement early this year.
McLaren racing director Eric Boullier has previously stated a WEC program would help keep Alonso sharp for Formula 1, despite a record-equaling 21-race season in 2018.