Ferrarri’s Fernando Alonso has stated that he wishes to race in the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race after he finishes in F1. Alonso, who last week waved the flag to signal the start of the 82nd edition of the race in which his good friend and Ex F1 driver Mark Webber is now driving for the Porsche team has been quoted as saying
“To win the Le Mans 24 Hours means a lot to any driver, so one day hopefully I will race there” he added “I think I will – that’s 100% decided. But I need to wait until I finish F1“
Alonso continued to say that he would like to win at at least 1 more title in F1, as well as helping develop the F14-T F1 Car for next season, practically ruling out any chance of winning this year.
“Le Mans requires some test, some training and some dedication,” Alonso said. “I am a person who if I decide to do something I do it 100%, I don’t do it 50-50 So first I will try to do some more years in F1, try to win championships, try to help Ferrari but after that I won’t be able to sit on the sofa, and endurance is a category you can race when you are a little bit older with no big problems. That will be my intention”
Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship series is leading the way in technology innovations and becoming as popular as F1; with such prominence, rumours have been rife that Ferrarri President Luca Di Montezemolo is now considering entering into the top sports-prototype class (LMP1) to compete against Le Mans winners Audi, Toyota & Porsche and 2015 returnee Nissan Nismo. The future for endurance racing looks very entertaining.