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Alpine will offer Alonso its Le Mans hypercar when he leaves F1

Alonso , twice the F1 world champion, also achieved glory in sports cars, when he won, together with Toyota , both the world endurance championship and, on two occasions, the 24 Hours of Le Mans (2018 and 2019).

When he returned to F1 in 2021, Alonso put aside all other commitments in other categories, but he has always been clear about his desire to return to Le Mans in the future.

Alpine has competed in the WEC Hypercar class since 2021 with an LMP1, but will embark on a new LMDh program from 2024, with two cars in the class, in collaboration with Signatech .

It will be a program in parallel with the Formula 1 project, which has been running under the colors and name of Alpine since 2021, when the Renault team changed its identity.

#36 Alpine Elf Team Alpine A480 - Gibson of Andre Negrao, Nicolas Lapierre, Matthieu Vaxiviere

#36 Alpine Elf Team Alpine A480 – Gibson de Andre Negrao, Nicolas Lapierre, Matthieu Vaxiviere

Alpine director Laurent Rossi had previously said that Alonso would be an option for his WEC team, but revealed this Saturday at the French GP that, while they negotiate the renewal in F1, there is also talk of the possibility of being together. in the WEC in the future.

“That has always been part of the discussion, even last year when we were negotiating the renewal for this year,” Rossi said when asked by about the talks.

“We talked about the fact that Fernando is a legend of the sport, but also a legend of the Renault Group. For us, he is the champion.”

“We were always going to want to give him a seat at LMDh the day he changes category. He’s welcome, it’s his team. So obviously that’s part of the negotiation.”

“In fact, we made that decision [to enter the WEC] also thinking of him in the first place.”

Fernando Alonso has shown little sign of wanting to end his F1 career despite being the oldest driver on the grid at almost 41 years old, and has stated on multiple occasions that he believes 2022 is his most competitive season in a long time. weather.

Oscar Piastri, Alpine Academy

Oscar Piastri, Academia Alpine

Rossi is confident that both Alonso and Alpine reserve driver Oscar Piastri will be on the F1 grid next season, although Piastri is likely to be loaned out to another team.

Oscar Piastri rose through the ranks at Alpine winning the Formula 3 and Formula 2 titles in consecutive years before moving into a reserve driver role this year.

Alpine currently has two drivers from its Formula 2 youth academy – Jack Doohan and Olli Caldwell – as well as Caio Collet and Victor Martins in Formula 3.

Rossi said Alpine wanted to take a “reasonable approach” with the academy, noting that the LMDh program could also open some doors for its juniors beyond F2.

“There are many options for them to be in a waiting seat,” Rossi said.

“Being a reserve driver, of course, is one of the options. And soon we will have the LMDh available as well.”

“So we have a feeling that we can manage this group of drivers better than in the more recent past, when we had an avalanche of great talent and few seats available.”

“That’s what we’re going to try to do.”

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