Fernando Alonso to the WEC with Toyota

Discussion in 'Sports Car Racing' started by FLRacingFan, Jan 30, 2018.

  1. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

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  2. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    Apparently the bug bit him hard. Once you get a roof over your head, you never go back. :p
     
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  3. DUN24

    DUN24 Skeptical of the Spectacle

    This is great. I wonder how long the talks have been going on.

    I like to think he got back from Daytona and immediately started calling every LMP team still in existence lol.
     
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  4. Doc Austin

    Doc Austin Team Extreme Flight

    I would have been more impressed if he drove for Rebellion or another privateer. Toyota already has enough of an advantage over a bunch of privateers.

    Still, it will be good for the series to have Alonso there so it's not a bad thing.
     
  5. Hotrod

    Hotrod Team Owner

    F1 wont last forever and he is setting himself up nicely for post F1.
     
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  6. LouieLouie

    LouieLouie Team Owner

    I hope you mean that he won't last forever in F1 (because everyone retires eventually), but F1 isn't going away any time soon. It has plenty of issues but just like NASCAR it will keep chugging along.
     
  7. Hotrod

    Hotrod Team Owner

    Sorry, yes I meant Fernando.
     
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  8. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    Rebellion already locked in their six drivers (excellent lineup there, BTW), and they're almost certainly going to be the best privateer, so this is probably his best move. Even if Fernando and Toyota both have less than stellar reliability recently...
     
  9. LouieLouie

    LouieLouie Team Owner

  10. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    yes but Fernandoo

     
  11. Hotrod

    Hotrod Team Owner

    O.M.G. ! All those models missing a nice pay check. Let me go read the article....dangit.
     
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  12. Doc Austin

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  13. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    Alonso wasn't B.S.ing when he said he wanted to race in different series.
     
  14. Doc Austin

    Doc Austin Team Extreme Flight

    I don't know how this "super season" works, but if Alonso is in contention after this year, does he race next year too?
     
  15. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    I hate that they moved Fuji to conflict with PLM again just so Alonso could race. Chances are he'd be able to race anyways since McLaren aren't likely to be contenders. Now drivers are going to have to choose one or the other.

    Depends on who he's racing for in F1, and what conflicts there are. I'd suspect no conflicts, but I don't think anyone besides McLaren would let him race.
     
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  16. Doc Austin

    Doc Austin Team Extreme Flight

    Not sure how many guys wee planning to do both races anyway, seeing as how they were back to back and on different sides of the world. Surely none of the teams could pull that off.

    My guess is if Alonso is still in contention after 18, both Toyota and McLaren would make it happen. The FIA would surely make the scheduling right because Alonso competing for two world championships would be a PR bonanza. It's also quite likely Alonso could easily walk to the WEC title virtually unopposed, but it would sell tickets.....which is what makes me believe everyone involved would play along.
     
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  17. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    Yeah, looking at the two schedules now I think it'll work out. The F1 season starts later now so Sebring is a go, and then you're just looking at Spa and Le Mans. They make an effort not to run Le Mans and F1 now, and the Spa weekend is typically an F1 travel weekend.

    As far as the PLM/Fuji conflict goes, these are who I can think of:

    Renger van der Zande (Wayne Taylor Racing/DragonSpeed LMP1)
    Roberto Gonzalez (PR1-Mathiasen/DragonSpeed LMP2)
    Loic Duval (CORE autosport/TDS Racing)
    Nico Lapierre (Patron ESM/Signatech Alpine)
    Harry Tincknell (Mazda/Ford)
    Olivier Pla (Patron ESM/Ford)


    As far as teams go, Park Place in IMSA (Patrick Lindsey/Jorg Bergmeister) is basically Project 1 in the WEC. Jackie Chan DC may have had plans to do the NAEC but this pretty much rules that out. Also, factory BMW (Augusto Farfus/Philipp Eng/Nicky Catsburg), Ferrari (Davide Rigon/James Calado/Alessandro Pier Guidi), and Porsche (Fred Makowiecki/Gimmi Bruni) drivers are shared across both the IMSA and the WEC teams.


    And it also turns out that the Fuji/PLM date is concurrent with the Super GT Autopolis round, in which Kaz Nakajima and Kamui Kobayashi are supposed to race for Lexus. LOL
     
  18. Greg

    Greg 2014 RF YAHOO CHAMP Your leader

    The dumbasses responsible should be forced to dress like castrated nuns.
    And give us a little more old Testament by stoning the dumbasses, too.
     
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  19. Doc Austin

    Doc Austin Team Extreme Flight

    Looks like Liberty Media made the call: F1's owners Liberty Media recently said the practice was "under review" and the sport's managing director of commercial operations, Sean Bratches, says Grid Girls are now outdated.

    So, Ferrari and Mercedes are threatening to quit and form a rival series, but Liberty Media has the time to screw around with this kind of meaningless PC drivel? I mean, after they made a big deal out of their new logo, which everyone seems to hate, that is. These are the things they think are important when half their manufacturers are threatening to walk out and form a rival series? They are starting to look completely clueless.
     
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  20. Greg

    Greg 2014 RF YAHOO CHAMP Your leader

    A bunch of clueless dipshits, trying to appease everyone and hacking off the base.

    Why don't they ban rock and roll music while they are at it, and let Jerry Falwells Liberty university set the dress code.
     
  21. Doc Austin

    Doc Austin Team Extreme Flight

    Kind of makes me wish they would bring Bernie back. We almost never had to think about the health and future of the sport. Now we are looking at a potential replay of the destructive Indycar split, only in F1.

    I don't know how much of this is Liberty's fault, but if they think the important issues are logos and being PC correct, I'de say we need to brace ourselves for an all out war between them and the teams, with the FIA being the beneficiary of all of it.

    This was not impossible to see coming. Liberty are not racers. They are media people. They have never had to deal with temperamental competitors with this many billion dollars on the line. I don't think they had any idea what they were getting into, but it's not hard to believe they saw the Indycar mess and didn't take it seriously.
     

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