PARIS (Information) – Twice Components One world champion and double Le Mans 24 Hours winner Fernando Alonso has performed down his possibilities of successful the Dakar Rally when he makes his debut subsequent month.
FILE PHOTO: McLaren driver Fernando Alonso of Spain waves to spectators within the pit throughout the qualifying session on the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates November 24, 2018. Luca Bruno/ Pool through Information
The Spaniard, whose essential focus for 2020 shall be a return to the Indianapolis 500 to try to full the ‘Triple Crown of Motorsport’, stated on Friday he nonetheless had a lot to study rallying.
“If I’m going there to benefit from the expertise, sure,” he stated when requested if he felt prepared for one of the crucial gruelling races in motorsport, to be staged for the primary time in Saudi Arabia.
“If I’m going there to benefit from it, sure,” added the 38-year-old, in Paris for the gala FIA prize-giving on the Louvre museum.
“If I feel on Dakar by way of successful Dakar, I don’t really feel prepared. I’m completely conscious of my lack of expertise. I feel in different races that I try, in Indy or Le Mans or Daytona, I really feel fairly aggressive in a degree that I might battle for victory.
“In Dakar, I don’t assume I’m at that degree and I must be with toes on the bottom. However I’ll play a unique technique. I cannot be the quickest however hopefully I shall be in a great place on the finish.”
Alonso is coming into the race, which has moved from South America, with Toyota. Former bike winner and compatriot Marc Coma is his co-driver.
The Spaniard additionally received Le Mans with the Japanese producer.
He and Coma have been getting up to the mark for the Dakar by participating in rallies in Namibia, Poland, South Africa and Morocco.
Alonso didn’t qualify in a McLaren, his final staff in Components One, for this 12 months’s Indy 500 after main the race on his debut in 2017 with Andretti Autosport.
“The intention is to do the Indy 500 subsequent 12 months. That’s the one which I wish to win now and the primary precedence for me,” he stated.
“I’ll put together the perfect I can for that race. This 12 months (Indy) was the draw back of the season,” he added of an in any other case triumphant 12 months away from Components One, which he left on the finish of 2018.
“I might want to take a look at the perfect prospects, to be aggressive. Final 12 months (2019) it was unhappy to not be aggressive sufficient or ready sufficient.”
Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, enhancing by Ken Ferris