McLaren-Pilot Fernando Alonso has indicated to start in the near future for Porsche in the World Sports Car Championship (WEC).
In a video message on the occasion of Mark Webber’s career broadcast on Saturday at his farewell race in Bahrain, the two-time world champion spoke of this, soon to follow in the footsteps of the Australian. Alonsos’interest in the LMP1 class is not new, but has never been concrete since the McLaren return.
Alonso lets Webber know: You had a fantastic career and now so much success with Porsche. You didn’t wait for me there, which would have been nice. But you will still be there and I will ask you many things, I will be part of your adventure,”said the Spaniard, who is tied to McLaren until the end of 2017. Although the media recently speculated about a contract extension in Woking, staying in formula 1 is not considered safe.
First, McLaren has tied up two pilots for 2018 if debutante Stoffel Vandoorne could become team colleague Jenson Buttons after a possible return from a Sabbath year. Secondly, Alonso’s patience with the dragging Honda project will not be endless. He has repeatedly made it clear that he wants to have a say in the award of the World Cup title next season. Third, it is not clear to what extent the successor Ron Dennis’will support him.
For a long time now interest in 24-hour classics
But it could also be narrower for Alonso in the LMP1 class of the WEC: After the goodbye Audis only Porsche and Toyota are engaged on the factory side, where the places are filled with high quality names. In addition, routine pilots with a lot of long-distance experience are on the market, not to mention Le Mans winners Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber, who are waiting for their chance with the Zuffenhausens like talents from the home-grown program.
Alonso’s great interest in the series around the 24-hour classic in Le Mans is neither new nor unknown. He was about to become involved in Porsche, but Honda refused to release him. He then stated several times that he would be fascinated by the prototypes. He also made love with the Indy500 and the Triple Crown.