It has been announced that Fernando Alonso will do a demo run in his Alpine F1 car at the Le Mans 24 Hours this weekend.
Alonso is a two-time winner of the world-famous endurance event, and he will take to the Circuit de la Sarthe in a Formula 1 car, which is likely to be a car from the team’s Renault days due to rules restricting the running of current F1 cars, during the race weekend at Le Mans.
His run will be a part of a wider showcase for the Alpine racing division at the circuit, as team-mate Esteban Ocon is set to go behind the wheel of the A110 GT4 car.
Laurent Rossi, the team’s CEO, is also set to play a part in the parade run for Alpine, as he is set to drive an A110S model on the full 8.5-mile high-speed circuit.
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Just before the start of the #LEMANS24 race on Saturday, a unique parade will bring together the Alpine F1, A470, A110 GT4, A110 Rally and A110S on the world-famous French circuit.
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Alpine are rumoured to be set to confirm a long-term commitment to World Endurance Championship racing alongside their F1 commitments, and they will be challenging the all-conquering Toyota team in the race driving in the new Hypercar class, which has replaced LMP1 machinery.
Alonso won the 2018 and 2019 editions of the 24-hour race driving for Toyota partnering former Formula 1 colleagues Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima, and the pair will have former Toro Rosso driver Brendon Hartley for company for the second year running this weekend, after taking Alonso’s place when the Spaniard stepped back from endurance racing.
F1 will be well represented throughout the field once the race gets underway, with former Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi competing against the other Toyota trio in the sister car in Hypercars.
In the other categories, there is a plethora of former F1 talent. Juan Pablo Montoya, Paul di Resta, Giancarlo Fisichella, Giedo van der Garde, Anthony Davidson, Robert Kubica, Stoffel Vandoorne, Roberto Merhi, Gianmaria Bruni and Felipe Nasr will all line up to compete in the race, with father-son duo Jan and Kevin Magnussen representing the same team in LMP2.
Despite ticking off one of motorsport’s ‘Triple Crown’ by winning Le Mans, Alonso said recently that helping the team and Esteban Ocon win the Hungarian Grand Prix ranks higher than his victories at the famous old race, given how unlikely their success was at the Hungaroring.
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