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Alonso Keen to Try for Third 24H Le Mans Victory

Two-time F1 champion Alonso keen to return to Le Mans under new prototype regs…

Photo: Toyota Gazoo Racing

Fernando Alonso says he wants to try for a third victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans by getting a drive in either one of the Le Mans Hypercar or LMDh prototype formulas.

Speaking during a live Q&A held on the official 24H Le Mans Instagram account, Alonso told presenter Bruno Vandestick of his ambitions to compete in sports cars again.

Alonso left the FIA World Endurance Championship after winning the title and two editions of Le Mans during his debut season with Toyota Gazoo Racing in 2018-19.

Last year, shortly after his departure was announced, the two-time Formula 1 world champion said that he was “100 percent” eager to return to the WEC at some point.

“I will say yes,” said Alonso, when asked about his desire to compete in the WEC’s Le Mans Hypercar class, which is set to debut next year.

“I think Hypercar is a nice project, together with [the other] different solutions. I know the World Endurance Championship is going through a good process now with IMSA.

“There are a lot of things in the future that will boost endurance racing and I want to be a part of that.

“I don’t know when, but obviously my experience with Le Mans is 100 percent love, because of my two participations and two wins. I want to try [for] the third, for sure. Let’s see when.”

Alonso added that he thinks LMH is a positive step for the WEC and expressed hopes that it will help to reinvigorate competition in the series’ top class.

“It’s definitely a step forward,” he said. “Unfortunately, with the exit of Audi and Porsche, LMP1 was [left] a little bit weak.

“So hopefully Hypercar will bring that adrenaline again to the top class.

“As long as there are many cars on the grid, it doesn’t matter if they are official or private teams, endurance racing always provides action and emotion until the last lap.

“You need to have as many cars as possible.”

Alonso also suggested that his future sports car racing involvement could extend beyond simply being a driver.

When asked if his own FA Racing Team – which currently competes in esports and Formula Renault Eurocup – could be a fit for endurance, the Spaniard noted that it might be a direction for him to consider.

“Many people have been asking me if one day we make a Formula 1 team, and I have always said 100 percent no,” he said.

“Because an F1 team is something that will only create more concerns than happiness, because the budgets are so high and so on.

“But in endurance, maybe a GT team like Patrick Dempsey’s seems more under control because there are less people and it’s a car that you can buy from a factory team.

“It’s not planned in the short term, but who knows?”

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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