24 hours of Le Mans. Fernando Alonso: “I’m focused on Spa”


Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso has passed the compulsory simulator test, which is reserved for any driver who has never competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans (16-17 June).
Program loaded “I’m doing this test on simulator at Ao Tech and tomorrow I’ll be in Cologne at Toyota to make the simulator again, it will also be an opportunity for me to meet with my teammates (Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima) who will be able to give their impressions at the end of the Prologue of the world championship.I am well busy but it is not unpleasant.I prefer to follow and after I will take a little rest.Wednesday, I come home, I will be able to relax, watch TV, and the following Wednesday, I’ll fly to Baku, where I’ll go for seven consecutive race weekends between Baku, the 6 Hours of Spa Francorchamps, Barcelona, ​​Monaco, the 24 Hours of Le Mans test day, Canada and finally the 24 Hours of Le Mans. ” Discovery “On this race, I’ll be a beginner, I’m in the same configuration as last year when I discovered the Indianapolis 500. It’s a little bit the same thing, the simulator allows me to understand this race. the 24 Hours of Le Mans In Indianapolis, I was facing the walls, at Le Mans, it will be at night, passing the simulator before taking the track, it is always profitable. ” difficulties “For me, the most difficult thing in this change of discipline is to assimilate the rules that are specific to endurance more than to apprehend the track in itself.” With simulators today, or even with a Playstation, you can learn quickly how to go fast on any circuit but as for the specific rules of the discipline, it’s different.I need to familiarize myself with specificities like the full race yellow, slow zone, the traffic, the night, the diversity of the cars at the start.This remains very interesting as a challenge.After the rules are necessary especially when the cars on the track do not roll at the same speed. The Le Mans circuit “There are long straight lines, you ride on roads open to traffic in normal times, it changes the parameters of adhesion in particular.It is interesting and spectacular especially with the diversity of cars at the start. a first impression when I gave the start but then I will be in the race I’m not really impatient To be honest, I’m more focused on the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. will be my first race with the Toyota Spa will be a perfect test before Le Mans.It will be compared to the rest of the plateau. Fernando Alonso was still in Shanghai on Sunday. | ALY SONG Montoya “He runs in LM P2 no! I would be surprised if he wins (laughs). It’s nice to see him there, he’s a talented driver.” Feeling “As for the Toyota, it’s very different from what I know with the McLaren Renault, the steering is different, from a technical point of view too, it’s very specific.” The Toyota is a prototype more sophisticated in terms of technology than an F1 With a single-seater, you have more possibilities, with a proto, the four-wheel drive call for special requirements.The tires are also different.The Michelin is robust and consistent on long relays. For me, the most complex is the management of fuel consumption.It is very addictive and it is not easy to always pay attention.I must greatly adapt my driving to this need.I must make a kind of reset when I come from F1 In Formula 1, you do not ask yourself too many questions, you look for the performance in every lap.With the Toyota, you have to think of braking to get enough energy … C is a different mentality Annuity especially in the context of traffic where you pilot an LMP1 among GT. Sometimes you have to sacrifice performance unlike F1. ” The Toyota TS050 Hybrid took the lead in the Prologue World Championship earlier this month. | Daniel Fouray Seen from F1

“I think in F1, they take me a little crazy, they did not think I was going to compete in F1, Le Mans and the World Endurance Championship races. , this is not a problem.”


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