Fernando Alonso to start 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans

Fernando Alonso to start 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans

0946LB1D0116Fernando Alonso will be the guest starter of the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans next month, representing Ferrari’s place in the history of the event.

The Spaniard will drop the flag to send the drivers on their way from the grid at the Circuit de la Sarthe and start one of the most famous races in the world. On the drivers’ parade ahead of yesterday’s Monaco Grand Prix, Alonso listed the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Indy 500 alongside the race around the streets of Monte Carlo as being the best three in the world.

Now, he will have the honour of starting the race on June 14th, following in the footsteps of Luca di Montzemolo who dropped the flag in 2009.

“I am very happy to have been chosen to start this race,” Alonso explained to the team’s website. “It is one of a handful of races that has defined the history of motorsport.

“I’m keen to check out the details on this type of car. In Formula 1, we have also entered the hybrid era and I am curious to find out more about the working methods and technology involved in this series.”

Ferrari is thought to be considering a return to the LMP1 class at Le Mans in the future, but it is still well represented in the GT classes by its AF Corse team.

Image courtesy of Octane Photographic.

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  • Richard Carpenter

    Will hybrid cars replace conventional vehicles, really looking forward for next season already.

  • Richard Carpenter

    Will Alonso have.a go at LE MAN’S next year, might be interesting.
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