Alonso To Compete In Full WEC Season After Japan Race Is Moved To Suit Him

Ever wondered why Fernando Alonso attracts so much attention from the media and public alike? It’s because he’s a huge motorsport star, so much so that WEC organizers have moved the date of the Japanese race to allow Alonso to participate.

The Spaniard, alongside the McLaren Formula One team, recently announced that the two-time F1 champion will compete in the 2018 WEC season with Toyota. However, he was initially ruled out of the Japanese event because it clashed with the US Grand Prix in Texas.

Keen to ensure Alonso can compete in all WEC races this year, organizers at Fuji Speedway have brought forward the event from October 21 to October 14. Fuji being officially owned by Toyota surely helped…

BBC Sport suggests this is the first time an FIA world championship event has been moved purely to ensure one driver can compete. This is how much Alonso means to the World Endurance Championship.

Responding to the news, Toyota said: “Fantastic for our Japanese fans that Alonso can also race in Fuji due to WEC date changes.”

Despite having 21 Formula One grands prix and six WEC races to participate in this year, McLaren executive director Zak Brown isn’t concerned about the driver’s workload.

“Fernando is very well prepared, knows what it takes to be successful and he wouldn’t have taken on the additional commitment if he didn’t think he could do both at the highest level.”

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  • SASQUATCHelvis

    I’m a big fan of Alonso, but this is a massive slap in the face of the WEC drivers who have contracts to race at Petit LeMans in IMSA. The WEC is essentially being very up front with the fact that all they care about is the media circus that will follow Alonso around, and not the dozen or so other drivers that have to back out of contracts now, not to mention the American teams having to rush to find replacement drivers for Petit. It reeks of the WEC trying to reassert dominance over IMSA after the very public failures of the P1 class in WEC and the very public success of DPi in IMSA. It’s petty and beneath them, the racing community deserves better. Then again it’s the FIA, so I’m just happy they haven’t banned WEC drivers from competing in other series just to try and protect their image.

    • LWOAP

      It’s like that, huh? Damn.

      • SASQUATCHelvis

        Yeah, they rescheduled the race to the same weekend as Petit LeMans and then had the nerve to “request” that IMSA change the date of their race.

        • LWOAP

          Unbelievable.

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