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Old 12 Apr 2017, 17:39 (Ref:3725892)   #1
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Alonso - Could We See Him Sooner Than Expected?

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If he can get a good drive i think we will see him soon
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Old 12 Apr 2017, 17:59 (Ref:3725895)   #2
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I think Alonso will do a Webber and join the WEC after his F1 career is over. Maybe a bit of a three-year plan like his friend did.

Not sure whether he will keep trying to slot the 500 into his schedule each year from now on. Either way it's refreshing to see someone who really loves racing - not just the F1 paddock/bubble.

Nice little reality check for F1 too - as its most popular driver sidesteps its biggest race.
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Old 12 Apr 2017, 19:15 (Ref:3725916)   #3
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Yes please.

From a personal standpoint, I was content to sit at home the last weekend in May and watch the race on TV. Now I am planning on making the 8 hour drive to watch in person, all because of Alonso.
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Old 12 Apr 2017, 20:07 (Ref:3725941)   #4
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Yeah, I said as much in the single seater thread. Alonso's chase for the elusive third world title has been over since he left Ferrari and now he has publicly moved on to his other dream pursuit - the Triple Crown. We know he's been courted and has expressed an interest in Le Mans before, but that will probably have to wait until he is no longer bound by the terms of his Honda contract.

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Nice little reality check for F1 too - as its most popular driver sidesteps its biggest race.
This I'd contend; Alonso is still a big draw, but ultimately it's wins and titles that keep F1 drivers relevant and Fernando has been well short in this regard as of late. I agree with your point though - it would be churlish for anybody to play this off as simply Alonso being fed up with McLaren & Honda. However, if Liberty Media are on the ball they could use this to tap into the American market in a way that even Bernie didn't manage. There's a lot of goodwill amongst fans for this move from all corners, and I'm sure many people will be motivated to watch the 500 either for Alonso or for the return of McLaren (even if it is simply in name).
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Old 12 Apr 2017, 20:59 (Ref:3725953)   #5
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This I'd contend; Alonso is still a big draw, but ultimately it's wins and titles that keep F1 drivers relevant and Fernando has been well short in this regard as of late.
I was a bit over-confident in my assessment as I read a misleading headline saying he'd won the current official fan survey. Turns out he's now been bumped into a close second by Lewis. But certainly we shouldn't underestimate how popular this guy still is.

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Isn't there a story around that Penske is looking to run a US prototype deal for Honda/Acura? Wonder whether that might parlay into a Le Mans opportunity for Mr Alonso...
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Old 13 Apr 2017, 23:36 (Ref:3726230)   #7
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I'd like to see JPM try it first, as he has already done the hard part of winning the Indy 500 and the Monaco GP, now all he needs is Le Mans
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Old 14 Apr 2017, 10:33 (Ref:3726290)   #8
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Alonso has the ambition to win the triple crown, so I guess he is looking for a LMP1 seat. Not gonna happen that Mclaren and Honda let him race in a rival brand like Porsche or Toyota.

But if he really want to do Le Mans, his boss at Mclaren (Zak Brown) has still a empty seat left for Le Mans in his other team: United Autosport. In Owen they have their mandatory Silver or Bronze driver, so there is place for a Platinum driver!
No need to skip another Grand Prix. So Fernando, it's time for the next big surprise.
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Just the fact that Alonso is voicing the Tripple Crown wish, and actually going to the Brickyard raises him above his peers. The man has a bigger scope than the "mental teenagers" in F1.

Also, looking at his latest F1 race, I was more confident than ever that he is the best F1 driver in the world.
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I agree that Alonso is top draw for wanting to do all this. A great driver with wide horizons.

Not sure we have to disparage the others though, especially when the main example of "mental teenager" is one of the most exciting in any series. He's not had much chance to do anything else!

We could do with more people with wider horizons, but I'm not limiting myself to drivers.
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I'd like to see JPM try it first, as he has already done the hard part of winning the Indy 500 and the Monaco GP, now all he needs is Le Mans
The hard part????
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The hard part????
Well very few people get to race in F1, so Monaco GP can't be used as a one off like the Le Mans and to a lesser extent Indy 500
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OK, I get the opportunity bit, but I don't think that's all of the story.......
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Moving aside from sniping over how 'difficult' winning any of these is (I have done none so am in no position to comment), is it interesting that one Z Brown is now the CEO of McLaren and has 'something' to do with United Autosport who did rather well in the ELMS round this last weekend and who have an empty slot in an LMP2 for a somewhat significant race in France during June?
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