Alonso finishes P38 at Daytona 24 Hours

Lena Tucker
January 31, 2018

Their No.5 vehicle set a new distance record at the Daytona 24 Hours, racking up 808 laps and beating the previous record of 2776 miles.

"I think so", he said.

Alonso tested Toyota's LMP1 vehicle in Bahrain last November and made his sports auto racing debut in the Rolex 24 at Daytona last weekend, acting as preparation for a possible Le Mans entry.

"I love driving and doing this for eight or nine hours in a race is great!"

"On track on my final lap before I boxed, I overtook my teammate [the #32 Ligier], who I thought was my ahead of me, and I could swear he had the 8 [on the digital readout that shows current position] on the auto. That was one of the goals for this event". "We tried for Indy previous year, came close, but just missed out", Alonso said. "You have to respect the race and take it seriously but always after McLaren".

It then suffered a throttle problem and another brake failure - again with Alonso driving - and the auto eventually finished 36th. But as I said, what I saw and what I felt in the race being faster than the other prototypes, that was a huge boost of confidence.

Despite the Ligier's lack of competitiveness relative to the best of the DPi cars, the trio had risen to as high as sixth place before they dropped outside of the top 20 early in Hour 11 as Alonso suffered a brake failure.

As for answering directly whether he will enter the prestigious endurance event, Alonso gave some mixed signals Sunday. Alonso has already made clear his priority remains F1 with McLaren expecting to return to podium contention in the new season with Renault engines.

The race was won by the Cadillac of Joao Barbosa, Filipe Albuquerque and former F1 driver Christian Fittipaldi.

Williams' Lance Stroll was the other current Formula 1 driver in action and, like he did in qualifying at Monza past year, excelled in the wet five hours into the race and climbed firmly within the top 10 in tricky conditions. "I think that's my first and only priority, to be honest, Formula 1 and this championship".

You arrive at the first corner and you're at 300-310km/h, then you hit the brakes and there are no brakes.

Alonso has long held a desire to race at Le Mans as part of his bid to become just the second driver in history to complete the "triple crown of motorsport" by taking victories at Le Mans, the Indianapolis 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix. So I don't have any deadline.

He said he looked at the result as "a lost opportunity" but added: "I have a positive outcome even with all the issues". But it's not only on my side, the decision.

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