Fernando Alonso appears to want to continue in Formula 1 with the Alps for a while, but once the 40-year-old decides to end his career in the first division, Albin has an endurance racing seat on offer.
This says Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi, who noted that this has also been discussed with the Spaniard. In addition to being a talented driver, Alonso is also an attractive ambassador for sports car manufacturer Alpine.
“Fernando is a legend not only in sports, but also in the Renault group,” explains Rossi with Alpine, part of the French manufacturer, and Alonso, who won the championship with Renault in 2005 and 2006.
When he decides Transformation Rossi points out the possibility of Alonso switching to endurance racing, “there will always be a seat for him”. Alpine is already involved in World Endurance Championship It is committed to building a new supercar before 2024.
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Crowds in hypercars
The supercar category is the new target group for the WEC and US IMSA category. Toyota, Peugeot and Glickenhaus have already built cars for this purpose. Alpine also officially participates in the supercar category, but with a modified LMP1 and has not yet made a new one.
Other automakers working on a supercar to enter WEC in the coming years include Porsche, Cadillac, Ferrari and Acura (Honda’s American luxury arm). ByKolles (with Vanwall) and Lamborghini will likely also come with hypercars.
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Alonso as motivation
With so many big names and possibly fierce competition, a famous name and a great driver like Alonso is of course a hit in the Alps. Russian agrees. Rather, he says, “This is also one of the reasons we entered.”
Of course, it wouldn’t be a new adventure in endurance racing for Alonso. He temporarily retired from Formula 1 at the end of 2018 and drove at WEC for Toyota in 2018 and 2019. This earned him one world title and two Le Mans victories.
Alonso also took a trip to the United States sports car scene He won the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2019. He did so with Dutchman Ringer van der Zande, among others. Alonso returned to Formula 1 with Alpine in 2021 and aims to extend the contract for 2023.
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