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Alonso says he’s ready for Le Mans

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Toyota team-mates from left-to-right: Fernando Alonso, Kazuki Nakajima, and Sebastien Buemi.
Whilst most other Formula 1 drivers relax on their weekend off, Fernando Alonso is just hours away from taking on the mighty 24 Heures du Mans.
 
The McLaren-Renault driver will start the race from pole position in the #8 Toyota TS050 with team-mates Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastien Buemi.
 
“We have a long 24 hours in front of us but so far it has been a smooth preparation without any issues on the car,” Alonso said.
 
The last Formula 1 driver to compete in the historic endurance event was Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg, who raced for Porsche in 2015.
 
He achieved a stunning overall victory.
 
Toyota has never won Le Mans, despite coming close in recent years; a win this weekend would see them become only the second Japanese manufacturer to win the race, after Mazda’s efforts in 1992.
 
Alonso appeared confident in his team, saying, “We are ready.”
 
The race gets underway at 3pm local time on Saturday afternoon in France.

Steven Walton is an 18-year-old Journalism Student at the Ara Institute of Canterbury. He previously attended St Andrew's College in Christchurch, where he excelled at History and Classical Studies. Steven is the Editor-in-Chief at Green Flag F1 and spends most of his days living, breathing, and immersing in the Formula 1 world.

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