Alonso 'would love' expanded WEC campaign
25 November 2017 – Fernando Alonso says he is receptive to a wider World Endurance Championship campaign, if the opportunity arises, alongside his full-time duties with McLaren in Formula 1.
Alonso has repeatedly expressed his interest in competing for the Triple Crown, with Le Mans on his radar, having made his debut at the Indianapolis 500 earlier this year.
Alonso tested Toyota's LMP1 car at last weekend's post-season rookie test in Bahrain, completing 113 laps as he got up to speed with its TS050 HYBRID.
WEC will switch to a 'Super Season' model for its next campaign (2018-19), with only one of the five 2018 rounds clashing with a Formula 1 race weekend.
While the 2019 Formula 1 calendar has yet to be confirmed, meaning it is therefore not known if the three 2019 WEC rounds will clash, Alonso was open to the idea of further competition.
"I didn't thought about that," Alonso commented with a wry smile when asked about the prospect of a dual-campaign.
"I need to digest that… I need to see the [WEC] calendar properly. I mean, it would be nice, probably… [I] would love it."
McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier added that Alonso "likes to race every weekend", but was hesitant to expand on whether McLaren would be open to the Spaniard competing in sportscars.
"First there is a clash, so he can't do the full season," he said.
"And actually in the 'Super Season' there is only actually I think three races he could do, plus Le Mans.
"But obviously we all know Fernando likes to race every weekend and there is not enough [Formula 1] with 52 weekends per year.
"We know he wants to do one day Le Mans, [but] so far [there have been] no official requests, so I cannot comment on rumours."