Fernando Alonso will drive for Toyota in this year's Le Mans 24-hour race and the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), his McLaren Formula One team said on Tuesday. The Spanish double F1 world champion has been considering taking part in endurance events as he bids to emulate Graham Hill, the late Briton who won the Formula One world title, Indianapolis 500 and Le Mans in the 1960s. "I've never been shy about my aim of winning motorsport's Triple Crown — the Monaco Grand Prix, the Indy 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
LONDON — Toyota will try again to win Le Mans next year and in 2019 after committing to another season of the world endurance championship. The Japanese car maker had been considering its position after champions Porsche pulled out at the end of the 2017 season, leaving Toyota as the only major manufacturer in the top LMP1 category.
When it was recently announced that Fernando Alonso would race in the 24 Hours of Daytona in January, it was described as a warm-up for an eventual attempt to win Le Mans. "Eventual" may come pretty fast: It now looks like the Formula One champion will race in the Le Mans 24 Hours next season as well.
Or so reports BBC Sport, which says he'll race for Toyota. But wait, there's more: The BBC also says he's in talks with Toyota to drive most of the entire World Endurance Championship — while keeping his day job driving for McLaren in F1.
Barely a week after it was confirmed that Fernando Alonso will race at January’s Daytona 24 Hours, it has been revealed the Spaniard could drive for Toyota at next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Motorsport reports that Alonso recently had a seat fitting at Toyota Motorsport’s factory in Cologne and will first secure a drive of the Toyota TS050 Hybrid at the FIA World Endurance Championship’s rookie test in Bahrain on November 19.
Over a quarter-century later, the Mazda 787B still casts a big shadow over Le Mans as the only Japanese entry ever to win the famous endurance race there. But now it's casting its shadow over another famous race track in a far more literal sense.
In celebration of its longstanding partnership with the circuit, the automaker has erected a giant billboard mural of its legendary rotary racer on the hillside above Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.