Alonso completes 113 laps in WEC rookie test
19 November 2017 – McLaren Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso racked up 113 laps during the World Endurance Championship's rookie test in Bahrain on Sunday, as he got up to speed with Toyota's LMP1 machinery.
Following an initial shakedown by Sébastien Buemi, Alonso climbed into the #8 TS050 HYBRID and amassed 37 laps during the morning session, his best time a 1:43.709.
Alonso completed several runs during the afternoon session at Sakhir, regularly completing eight- or nine-laps stints, and improved on his quickest time, logging a 1:43.013.
That lap came on his first timed effort out of the pits on his seventh of nine runs during the afternoon session, winding up with 76 laps, bringing his overall total to 113 laps.
"It was a great day," said Alonso. "Testing an LMP1 car is always a nice thing for any racing driver because these cars are amazing to drive.
"They are very consistent throughout a stint which is a positive thing. I have wanted to test a car like this for a long time now and today I could achieve that so I am happy."
Alonso's best time was 2.769s slower than the early benchmark registered by Porsche's Timo Bernhard, before he handed over to Pietro Fittipaldi, the latter's prize for winning the Formula V8 3.5 title.
Fittipaldi finished with a best time of 1:42.275 in the #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid, while Thomas Laurent, piloting Toyota's #7 car, clocked a 1:43.273.
Laurent did not take to the circuit during the afternoon session, with regular Toyota racer Mike Conway conducting test duties.
Alonso has repeatedly expressed his desire to win motorsport's 'Triple Crown', having made his Indianapolis 500 debut earlier this year, running competitively before retiring due to engine failure.
Alonso will remain in Formula 1 with McLaren in 2018, after the team ditched Honda power in favour of Renault engines.
Gallery: Alonso in action in Bahrain test
Video: Alonso gets to grips with Toyota