After the Rolex, F1 star Fernando Alonso now ‘60-40’ on entering 24 Hours of Le Mans
After his second non-F1 race in America, Fernando Alonso seems to be inching closer to checking off the biggest endurance race in the world off his list; the 24 Hours of LeMans.
Alonso competed in the Rolex 24 hours at Daytona this past weekend and after it was over said he learned a great deal about endurance racing and got him ready for a possible trip to France in June.
“This makes me more prepared, that’s for sure,” he said. “As I said, I experienced things the whole event that was new for me, and next time I jump in a prototype car, closed cockpit, I know what is the feeling.
“I know the traffic situations. I know the night driving. I know safety cars. I know things now that I didn’t know yesterday, 24 hours ago.”
“So that’s one of the goals for this event. And then I think it’s not that I was concerned but we were not fast. We were the fastest this year, we were the fastest in our team. So that always gives you confidence…But as I said, what I saw and what I felt in the race being faster than the other prototypes, that was a huge boost of confidence. So now I think I can drive prototype cars at a higher level than two weeks ago. So that’s good.”
As for answering directly whether he will enter the prestigious endurance event, Alonso gave some mixed signals Sunday.
“No, I don’t consider to skip anything Formula 1 this year,” he said. “I think that’s my first and only priority, to be honest, Formula 1 and this championship.
“If I do some extra races, they will always be second priority, even Le Mans,” he added. “Because it’s the first experience and you will go for it and you have to respect the race. You need to take it serious and you need to compete.”
“But always after McLaren. So I don’t have any deadline. As I said many times, I would like to do it. But it’s not only on my side, the decision. So let’s see what happens.”
He then smiled, and turned to leave the podium then stopping and looking back:
“60-40 today,” he said smiling. Alonso was referring to comments he made earlier in the week prior to the race when he said:
“It is no secret that I would like to compete at Le Mans in the future. If it’s this year or not this year, I’m still not 100 percent. It could happen, yes, but it’s 50-50.”