Fantastic news for Alonso and endurance racing fans (although this announcement is not unexpected), Mclaren have given Fernando Alonso the go-ahead to compete in the World Endurance Championship and the Le Mans 24hrs this year driving for Toyota Gazoo's LMP1-H team. Mclaren and Alonso have stated that their main priority is still F1 (although I feel they are truly missing an opportunity by not building an LMP1 or at least fielding a works GT team), Fernando will still compete in every F1 round during the 2018 season missing the Fuji race due to it clashing with the American GP. Sadly one of my favourite drivers Anthony Davidson has been put on the reserve bench due to Alonso taking his seat. Zak Brown, Executive Director, McLaren Technology Group, said: “It’s no secret that Fernando has wanted to contest the Le Mans 24 Hours. And I think everybody within our organisation appreciates that a motivated, hungry and happy world-class driver such as Fernando is a formidable asset for any team in F1. “Last year, we came to the joint decision to go racing with Fernando at the Indy 500 rather than at the Monaco Grand Prix. But we’ve always said that we would consider each opportunity on a case-by-case basis, and we both know that, in 2018, our core priority is success in Formula 1. “Like Fernando, at McLaren we’re racers at heart, and our team is built on a brave heritage of competing and succeeding in different forms of the sport. Equally important is the confidence that nothing detracts from our number one goal of Formula 1. After proper evaluation, we are satisfied that this campaign does not do that, and that McLaren’s best interests prevail.” Fernando Alonso said: “I’ve never been shy about my aim of winning motorsport’s ‘Triple Crown’ – the Monaco Grand Prix, the Indy 500, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. We tried for Indy last year, came close, but just missed out. “This year, I have the chance thanks to McLaren to race for the win at Le Mans. It is a big challenge – much can go wrong – but I am ready, prepared and looking forward to the fight. “My deal to race in WEC was only made possible through the good understanding and strong relationship I have with McLaren, and I’m very happy that they listened and understood what this means to me “In no way will this challenge take away from my main target of Formula 1 with McLaren. In 2018, my aim is to be competitive at every grand prix, and I feel sure that we are closer to achieving that.” Source: