Alonso doubts other drivers will follow him into other disciplines

Friday, 12 january 2018, 07:00 , by Matthew Scott

Fernando Alonso has admitted that he does not think his colleagues in Formula One will follow him into the likes of the Daytona 24 Hours as European drivers are usually just focused on one discipline, insisting he can do both because of the backing he receives from McLaren.

The two-time F1 world champion has expressed his desire to win the motorsport 'triple crown' which includes victories at the Monaco Grand Prix, the Indianapolis 500 and Le Mans.

Alonso is planning to do this in addition to his commitments to F1, but does not think other drivers will follow suit.

"I don’t think so," Alonso said when asked if he thought his colleagues would do multiple disciplines on a large scale.

"There is one already, Lance Stroll, racing this weekend with us. I only see him maybe doing this because he loves racing as well and he’s from Canada and it’s part of his culture as well, these kind of races and the American championships.

"The other guys, I doubt it, because in Europe we normally focus everything on one championship. The teams, they became more and more professional. There are a lot of training camps, a lot of preparations, a lot of simulator time before the F1 winter testing starts, and it’s not easy for the drivers to go out of that one concept."

Alonso is one of the few drivers to partake in multiple motorsports, but insists he is able to do this because of the support he receives from McLaren, who have vehicles in other disciplines.

"I can do it because with Zak Brown and McLaren, they have maybe a different vision, a little bit more wide vision of motorsport, and I share that vision as well and we are expanding a little bit the McLaren brand as well in motorsport, and we try to do it together.

"I think for other drivers in Formula 1, it will be difficult to get that vision."

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Comments (7)

  • Michael Haskey
    Driver team contracts generally do not allow drivers to compete in other series due to dangers of injury. Also sponsers dislike any brand clashes. Sadly its not like the 60's when, for example, Jim Clark raced single seaters, saloons, and sports cars.
  • Robert Tangen
    Since the other drivers lack his talent they rather have to stick to what they kind of know.
  • Stewart Macdonald
    Drivers used to drive many disciplines weekly back in the 60 s
  • João Júlio Manzi
    Nobody in the history follow him. He's nothing.
  • Marcel Hochheim
    Why should anybody follow him??
  • Julien Tayeh
    Charbel Chahine

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