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Fernando Alonso says WEC races more enjoyable than ‘predictable’ F1

Fernando Alonso was comfortable so as to add World Endurance Championship races to his 2018 calendar as a result of he finds them more enjoyable than Formula One.

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Alonso as soon as stated a 25-race season would immediate him to give up F1, however his 2018 schedule stands at 27 races — that features 21 F1 races, his commitments with Toyota, together with the Le Mans 24 Hours in June, and the Daytona 24 Hours he contested at first of the yr.

When requested why he has had a change in philosophy about what number of races he’s keen to take part in with WEC, he replied: “Because they are fun races!”

He went on to say: “Formula One is predictable, Formula One is demanding. Formula One is about constructors’ championship. There are different teams in different rows of the grid, but there is not much more that the driver can do. That’s the sad thing.”

Alonso received on his Toyota debut on the Six Hours of Spa, his first win in almost 5 years. During the Spanish Grand Prix he handed the five-year anniversary since his final grand prix win.

The two-time world champion remains to be getting used to the calls for of racing in WEC’s LMP1 class.

“I battle a bit more after I go from F1 to WEC, as a result of the driving kinds are so completely different. When I come again to F1 I am comfy right away as a result of that is my pure driving model.

“I am nearer to the restrict in F1, it’s good to maximise and get perfection each lap. In WEC you must be tremendous versatile and open thoughts in something. You is not going to repeat laps in six hours, due to site visitors, tyre age, all the pieces. That’s fairly good for me, as a result of you must adapt actually rapidly. It’s a part of what makes WEC particular — how a lot you must adapt each lap.”

Alonso’s subsequent WEC race would be the Le Mans 24 Hours on June 16-17. The Spaniard desires to finish the Triple Crown earlier than he retires, that means he would want to win at Le Mans and the Indianapolis 500 sooner or later in his profession. He has already received the third a part of that accolade, the Monaco Grand Prix, on two events. Last yr an engine failure reduce his Indy 500 quick 29 laps from the tip.

Alonso’s 2018 race calendar in full:

  • January 27/28 – Daytona 24 Hours (IMSA)

  • March 25 – Australian GP (F1)

  • April eight – Bahrain GP (F1)

  • April 15 – Chinese GP (F1)

  • April 29 – Azerbaijan GP (F1)

  • May four – Six Hours of Spa Francorchamps (WEC)

  • May 13 – Spanish GP (F1)

  • May 27 – Monaco GP (F1)

  • June 10 – Canadian GP (F1)

  • June 16/17 – 24 Hours of Le Mans (WEC)

  • June 24 – French GP (F1)

  • July 1 – Austrian GP (F1)

  • July eight – British GP (F1)

  • July 22 – German GP (F1)

  • July 29 – Hungarian GP (F1)

  • August 19 – Six Hours of Silverstone (WEC)

  • August 26 – Belgian GP (F1)

  • September 2 – Italian GP (F1)

  • September 16 – Singapore GP (F1)

  • September 30 – Russian GP (F1)

  • October 7 – Japanese GP (F1)

  • October – Six Hours of Fuji (WEC)

  • October 21 – U.S. GP (F1)

  • October 28 – Mexican GP (F1)

  • November 11 – Brazilian GP (F1)

  • November 18 – Six Hours of Shanghai (WEC)

  • November 25 – Abu Dhabi GP (F1)

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