Why Alonso already looks like a sportscar great

Why Alonso already looks like a sportscar great

Fernando Alonso isn't just contesting the Le Mans 24 Hours with Toyota, he's committing to a proper World Endurance Championship campaign. And on the basis of his performance at Daytona last weekend, he's got the skills and desire to become a sportscar great

Fernando Alonso is ready and willing for the challenge of the Le Mans 24 Hours. That much became clear long before he'd completed his final stint at the end of his run-out last weekend in the Daytona equivalent. Toyota's star signing for the 2018/19 World Endurance Championship superseason didn't look like a sportscar rookie.

It wasn't that he impressed in qualifying: he overachieved with a time less than a second off the pole at the wheel of the United Autosports Ligier-Gibson JSP217 he shared with Lando Norris and Phil Hanson. But would we have expected anything else of a two-time Formula 1 world champion who wrung the neck of an uncompetitive McLaren-Honda for three largely wasted seasons? Of course not.

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