Former grand prix driver Mark Webber hopes that Fernando Alonso doesn’t come to regret his sportscar assault this year by getting too burned out to deliver his very best in Formula 1.
Alonso confirmed last week that he would be competing at Le Mans and the majority of WEC rounds for Toyota this season, alongside his F1 efforts for McLaren.
But with his Woking-based team expected to deliver a good step up the grid following a switch to Renault engines, Webber is keeping his fingers crossed that Alonso doesn’t get too distracted by sportscars and lose out on potential star results in F1.
“He’s definitely a racer, and we admire that in him,” said Webber, who is good friends with Alonso. “He wants to race, he wants to race at every opportunity possible. That wasn’t available three of four years ago, it just wasn’t the done thing.
“Now with less testing in F1, and clearly he’s uncompetitive – if he was fighting for a world championship, he’d never be doing any of this.
“He doesn’t do much simulator time at McLaren, if any. He’s an old-school racer and that’s what we all admire about him.
“For him to do Le Mans is great, he’s going to really enjoy that. He’ll enjoy the whole thing. But I’m not sure what the whole game is. It’s fine for him, but I’m not sure how stoked McLaren are with the whole thing.”