The worst kept secret has been confirmed yesterday, McLaren driver Fernando Alonso will be driving Le Mans this year.
Perhaps the more surprising part of the story is the inclusion of the WEC calendar, with the exception of Fuji which will clash with the US Grand Prix.
One might imagine however, if McLaren are still not performing and competing at the sharp end, Zak Brown will be employing the services of Lando Norris at the Circuit of the Americas.
The big goal for the Spaniard is to mimic Nico Hülkenberg’s remarkable debut victory of 2015 with the Porsche factory team. As Toyota will be the only works outfit and the only team to be using the full hybrid formula, a victory could be considered inevitable but for their historical bad luck at the blue ribband endurance event.
Perhaps Alonso’s infamous poor luck (or judgement), timing and race team selection in F1 be finally righted? Well known for picking the wrong team at the wrong time, ‘luck’ has blighted the two time Champion’s career in the sport some have argued. First McLaren and a surprising Hamilton in 2007, then a poor Renault team for 2008 onwards. Alonso’s Ferrari team were hot and cold contenders against Red Bull domination only to get their act together once he left for the disastrous McLaren Honda team we see today.
But could Alonso’s efforts be counter productive or even dangerous? The Formula One calendar is packed, and endurance racing is tough. Friend and former F1 and WEC driver Mark Webber believes it to ‘be a mistake’ and he might get hurt.
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