Fernando Alonso adds spice to Le Mans recipe, says Toyota teammate Sebastien Buemi

Alonso is scheduled to race six legs of the World Endurance Championships with Toyota this season, including Le Mans.

Published: 13th June 2018 11:20 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th June 2018 11:20 PM   |  A+A-

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso | AP


LE MANS: The fact Formula 1 star Fernando Alonso is racing the 24 Hours of Le Mans has focussed many people's attention on the endurance race, his Toyota teammate Sebastien Buemi said on Wednesday.

"It's a bit like a restaurant. When it's empty nobody goes in, but when it's full, people will queue outside," the Swiss driver said.

"Fernando has come and now you've got (Jenson) Button, (Juan Pablo) Montoya... it attracts people," he said.

Alonso, the 36-year-old F1 world champion in 2005 and 2006, is scheduled to race six legs of the World Endurance Championships with Toyota this season, including Le Mans.

The Spaniard is serious about his ambition of becoming only the second driver to complete motor-racing's triple crown of the Monaco GP, the Indy 500 and Le Mans, after Britain's Graham Hill.

But he has some stiff competition this weekend as nine former or current F1 drivers are on the Le Mans grid.

"It's really cool," said Buemi, formerly of F1 team Toro Rosso. "It's a beautiful race with better and better cars."

Alonso won the Six Hours of Spa, his first race in the World Endurance Championship in May, sharing the driving with Kazuki Nakajima of Japan and Buemi.

Alonso also shone at the Indy 500 in the United States last year before his Honda suffered engine failure.

The McLaren driver said he would have to learn to curb his F1 instincts in the endurance races.

"In Formula 1 you go flat out on everything but here (at Spa) it's often the opposite, for example on braking," he explained in Belgium.

Alonso, Button, Buemi, Neel Jani, Bruno Senna, Kamui Kobayashi, Nakajima, Vitaly Petrov and Stephane Sarrazin are the nine Formula 1 drivers, past or present, who will race at Le mans this weekend.

Stay up to date on all the latest Sport news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp