It would be justifiably argued that McLaren driver Fernando Alonso’s ambitions to compete at two FIA world championships simultaneously is to say the least, a challenge.
The Spaniard will be competing both Formula One and the World Endurance Championship for 2018, for McLaren and Toyota respectively, the ambition is to win at Le Mans with Toyota. It’s been somewhat of a badly kept secret that Alonso wishes to achieve the fabled ‘Triple Crown’ of motorsport, of which only Graham Hill is recognised as having won the three races required – Le Mans 24 hours, Monaco Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500.
And yet, Alonso still maintains that “Formula 1 has priority,”.
“but Le Mans was just a race I’ve always wanted to drive, a race that attracts me magnetically, truly big car race. When I got the opportunity, I could not miss it. ”
Personal friend and former F1 driver Mark Webber has already warned against trying to do both championships saying that it’s a mistake and that the Spaniard ‘might get hurt’, in a physical sense.
But still, Alonso is still towing the line for McLaren and the decision to move over to Renault as engine supplier after the horrendous Honda relationship of the last three years.
“I said last year that I will win races in 2018, and that’s exactly what will happen. ” maintains Alonso.
I have total confidence in Renault. I see three engine manufacturers at the highest level – Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault. Well, Mercedes has dominated the new turbo era in the first few years, but if I can trust someone, it’s Renault. They’ve won six titles in the last thirteen years, four with Red Bull Racing, two with me in the factory team. Renault is a guaranteed success, it has always been so. ”