Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Toyota wins Le Mans 24 Hours for the first time

Toyota wins Le Mans 24 Hours for the first time

IndyCar and World Endurance Championship organisers understand the scale of Alonso's appeal, which is why the WEC superseason calendar was changed to avoid the Fuji round clashing with F1.

As Fernando Alonso seems set to find at Le Mans what he's lacked in Formula 1 in recent years-success-the Spaniard has declared that a possible victory in the famous 24-hour race "probably" won't affect his Formula 1 future. "I felt great. I don't know exactly how, but I managed to make the tires work for us at the right time despite the cool air temperature". Our pace has been good and I was lucky with the traffic as well.

Nine-time Le Mans victor Tom Kristensen believes Sunday's victory with Toyota will definitely see Alonso have a second shot at the Indy 500 having retired from the 2017 edition when his Honda engine blew.

Only Graham Hill has achieved the Triple Crown; Monaco F1 GP, Indianapolis 500 and 24 Hours of Le Mans; doing so in 1972. Juan Pablo Montoya is the other driver with two of the three crowns, as he has won the Indy 500.

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The 36-year-old, linked with a full-time McLaren effort in the Indycar series for 2019, admits that his future in formula one is therefore in doubt. This is because, two thirds of motorsport's triple crown is now complete. In short, he brought Le Mans and sportscar racing to a wider audience. It is challenging because all three require different style and a different driving technique. "It's attractive trying to conquer it, and to see if you can be an even better and more complete driver".

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He has already hinted at the idea and McLaren's possible entry into the series would surely be appealing to Alonso, who impressed on his Indy500 debut a year ago when partnered with Andretti.

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