Fernando Alonso

Perhaps one of the most hyped Le Mans debuts in history if judged by the amount of column inches and headlines surrounding the two-time F1 world champion’s exploits.

After securing an agreement between McLaren and Toyota to enable him to contest the full 2018-19 WEC super-season, Alonso has made it no secret his plan has one ultimate goal: to become a Le Mans winner to secure the second part of his Triple Crown attack.

Alonso will start this weekend as one of the two favourites driver squads for victory given Toyota’s sole representation as the LMP1 hybrid entry after the recent exit of Porsche and Audi.

Toyota’s own motivation for victory at Le Mans couldn’t be higher. The Japanese manufacturer has never tasted victory at the iconic endurance race after multiple near-misses including some cruel reliability issues and ‘you would not believe it’ bad luck. Therefore, Alonso winning as a rookie would be no major shock but the stars will have to align for Toyota – something the Spaniard hasn’t had the best track record with F1 team switches.

 

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