Fernando Alonso has a knack for the spectacular regardless of his racing interests. Whether he’s dragging an off the pace McLaren-Honda kicking and screaming far further up the field than it has any right to be, or fighting at the front of the Indianapolis 500 on debut, the Spaniard does little by halves.

After three years of strife with McLaren, Alonso will enter 2018 feeling confident of his chances of returning towards the front of the pecking order, with the team linking up with new engine partner Renault. Sure, it may only have swapped the worst engine in the series for the second worst, but if Red Bull can take a fight to the likes of Mercedes and Ferrari, McLaren will be expecting to do the same.

But F1 isn’t all Alonso will have on his plate this year. Following an initial test in its LMP1 car in Bahrain last November, the two-time F1 world champion looks poised to link up with Toyota for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans to further his bid for the ‘triple crown of motorsport’.

Further FIA World Endurance Championship run-outs have been mooted, with the rounds at Spa, Silverstone and Shanghai avoiding any clashes, meaning it could be a very busy year for Alonso - which is exactly how he likes it.

 

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