Fernando Alonso wins his debut World Endurance Championship race

Fernando Alonso WEC Win (2)

Fernando Alonso, the double Formula One world champion made his way back to the top of the podium with his win in the debut race of World Endurance Championship. The victor raced with Toyota at the grand circuit of Belgium’s Spa this Saturday.

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Fernando Alonso and his No. 8 TS050 hybrid car shared with Switzerland’s Sebastien Buemi and Japan’s Kazuki Nakajima led a Toyota one-two in the first six hours of the World Endurance Championship at Spa. This is the first victory for Fernando Alonso in any such championship in five years. The last time Fernando Alonso had been to the top of the podium was in 2013 when he won his Spanish Grand Prix with Ferrari.

A significant part of Fernando Alonso’s great performance is the fact that the driver got a pole position and got to burn the asphalt from the front row. Fernando Alonso enjoyed such a start last time in 2012’s German Grand Prix. Apparently, Fernando Alonso got this lucky break overnight as the No. 7 Toyota team received a penalty for technical infringement. The penalty put the No. 8 Toyota team on the sweet spot – previously at the second position.

It is important to keep in mind that the last two races driven by Alonso haven’t been F1. Fernando Alonso raced in the maiden Indy 500 last year with Honda and had a solid run. It was only after the 179th lap of the race when his hopes were destroyed with an engine failure in Alonso’s car that rendered him unable to race further. Alonso led the race for 27 glorious laps.

Fernando Alonso WEC Win (1)

Many are now certain that the driver hopes to revisit his failures and win them over to make great records. By winning the Le Mans and Indy 500 races, Fernando Alonso can add to the two-time won Monaco Grand Prix and claim the unofficial yet prestigious triple crown of motorsport. If Alonso is successful, he will be the second man in the world to do so and will stand next to racing the racing legend Graham Hill.

This stunning victory has completely overshadowed the highly unfortunate accident of Pietro Fittipaldi during qualifying rounds. The grandson of the former world champion Emerson lost control at the Eau Rouge corner, and his car smashed into the barriers. Fittipaldi suffered from two broken legs in this horrible accident, but to our delight, a successful surgery has been performed on the driver.


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  1. Big mistake in the article about Alonso's Indy 500 adventure, he had completed about 172 laps including leading a few of them when his engine goes BOOM.

    Also, this victory have been come on the basis of Team Orders by Toyota, as its not certain that they could win the Le Mans 24 hrs even when they have a car better then the whole competition in the race this year as in endurance racing its not the best car that is going to win but its the car that the survives the full 24 hrs that will be declared winner.

    Toyota had a real heart attack moment in 2016 Le Mans when their leading car ran out of engine at the very last lap of the 24 hrs and lost the race. So, endurance is way too cruel in comparision to sprint race.

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