Fernando Alonso and Toyota end their WEC adventure

The link between the two will end once the WEC super season concludes after the next edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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The Spanish Fernando Alonso will end your adventure in the World Endurance after participating in the 24 Hours of Le Mans June 16 and 17 next to face "New challenges in motor sport". This was announced this Wednesday by his team, the Toyota GAZOO Racing.

The two-time Formula 1 world champion, who leads the WEC tournament alongside Sébastien Buemi y Kazuki Nakajima, will be replaced by the New Zealander Brendon Hartley after contesting the legendary test at Le Mans.

"We express our sincere thanks to Fernando for his valuable contribution that he has made to a historic and unforgettable season for Toyota GAZOO Racing and wishes him an exciting and successful future.", the Japanese team stressed.

For his part, Alonso acknowledged having "Enjoyed" having been part of Toyota in the WEC. But this chapter is ending. Winning at Le Mans is one of the brightest points of my career as part of my challenge to win the Triple Crown and he will always remember the victory we achieved together as a team. "said the Spanish.


The departure of Alonso and the arrival of Hartley will be the only change of Toyota GAZOO Racing for the next WEC championship since the continuity of Buemi, Nakajima, was confirmed. Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and the Cordovan Jose Maria Lopez. “This show means a lot to me. Being able to continue being part of the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans and driving one of the fastest and most technological cars on the planet was always my dream ”, assured Pechito.

“We still have two important races and we are in the fight to become world champions. I would love to end this super WEC season by celebrating a new title with the Toyota family. ", Anadio.

For its part, Hisatake murata, team president, welcomed "A tough competitor" as Hartley and very grateful to Alonso for "His contribution to this fantastic season in which he has written his name in Toyota motorsport history."

“His passion, desire to win and his willingness to pursue his dreams is truly impressive. We will enjoy working together for the last two races and I know that we all share the same goal of winning Le Mans and the two World Championships. ", sentenced the Japanese manager.

The team formed by the Asturian, Buemi and Nakajima with the Toyota number 8 has dominated the 2018-2019 WEC season with victories in the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 1.000 miles of Sebring. arriving at this weekend's race at the Belgian circuit of Spa-Francorchamps with a 15-point lead over the Toyota 7 from Mike ConwayKamui Kobayashi y Pechito Lopez, in the absence of this test and that of Le Mans, with 63 points at stake.


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