Alonso hints at rally move: “The aim is to do something unprecedented”


Fernando Alonso has indicated he is considering a future move into rallying following his victory in yesterday’s Daytona 24 Hours.The two-times Formula 1 driver shared victory with his Wayne Taylor Racing team mates Kamui Kobayashi, Renger van der Zande and Jordan Taylor.

Alonso has set himself the target of winning the motor racing ‘Triple Crown’, which he will do if he wins the Indianapolis 500 in May. Speaking after his Daytona win Alonso said he is already beginning to think about tackling other events.

“This is not part of the Triple Crown, but if I win Indianapolis, this will be Quadruple Crown,” he told Agence France-Presse. “Right now, full focus is on the Indy 500.

“I’m thinking I’m trying to do something more maybe in different disciplines that are not only circuits,” he added.

The Dakar Rally, a two-week-long event which covers nearly nine thousand kilometres, could be one of the events he is considering. Nasser Al-Attiyah, who scored his third win in the race earlier this month, said Alonso is planning to test his Toyota Hilux later this year.

Alonso drives for Toyota in the World Endurance Championship. However there has been no official confirmation of any plans for him to test the car.

Alonso said he will only consider entering events where he can be competitive.

“I need to think, I need to plan, I need to make sure that I’m competitive, to have the right people, the right teams, and the right preparations,” he said. “Whatever adventure is next, I will not do it if I’m not competitive or I don’t have a shot for winning.

“The aim is to do something unprecedented in motorsport.”

Source: Racefans