Drivers blast WEC for changing schedule to accommodate Fernando Alonso

What’s good for Fernando Alonso is not necessarily good for the rest of the field in the World Endurance Championship. Other drivers have lashed out at a schedule change that means Fernando Alonso can now race in the entire WEC schedule for 2018.

Jenson Button

Before the change of the WEC’s 6 Hours of Fuji from Oct. 21 to Oct. 14, the McLaren F1 driver l was planning to skip the Fuji round of the WEC due to a scedule conflict with the Oct. 21 U.S. Grand Prix at Austin, Texas. However, WEC organizers have now moved the Fuji date — making it clash instead with races (including the IMSA Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta) that affect other drivers.

 “It’s a shame that a race is changed for one driver when the change hurts so many other drivers who have contracts in place,” Alonso’s former teammate Jenson Button, now a Super GT driver in Japan, said on Twitter.

Sports car driver Olivier Pla added: “Many thanks WEC, your lack of consideration and respect for the drivers who had a contract the same weekend is unbelievable. I’m sure I will be not the only one to be (not) impressed with what you did.”

And Andre Lotterer said: “Wouldn’t it have been a lot easier for everyone if Alonso would just miss a F1 race? Is that going to change much for him?”


Source: Autoweek