Two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso looks to add WEC crown at 24 Hours of Le Mans
Fernando Alonso is trying to become first driver to win both a Formula 1 championship and a World Endurance Championship.
Fernando Alonso’s failure to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 with McLaren Racing means he’s still two-thirds of the way to the triple crown after adding last year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans win to his 2006 and 2007 Monaco Grand Prix wins.
Alonso, however, is a virtual lock to become the first driver to win the Formula 1 World Championship and what can be called the world sports car crown.
Alonso and Toyota Gazoo Racing teammates Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima already had a hand on the WEC trophy before the Spa 6 Hours in early May and reached toward it with the other hand when Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and José María López encountered technical problems in the sister Toyota. They could only make it home in sixth position to end a run of 1-2 finishes for the two TS050 Hybrids.
Alonso and his teammates, last year’s Le Mans winners, had a 31-point lead with just 39 up for grabs June 15-16 at Le Mans, the 2018/19 WEC superseason finale. So Alonso, Buemi and Nakajima only need to finish seventh or better to take the crown, even if their in-house rivals win the race and claim the bonus point for pole position.
Their lead in the championship and a 4-2 count in terms of wins might appear to make Alonso and company in the No. 8 Toyota odds-on favorites for another Le Mans win.
But the No. 7 sister car has won a couple of races itself in what has been a close battle between the two Japanese cars, and don’t forget, not much separated them last year at Le Mans.
We expect another close fight between the TS050 Hybrids at Le Mans.
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