Alonso was given the honour of starting the 82nd running of the event earlier today, dropping the flag at 3pm local time at the Circuit de la Sarthe.
After Ferrari rubbished rumours that it may switch its focus away from F1 and to endurance racing, the Spaniard says he is keen to compete in the 24-hour race in the future.
“Well it is the first time here for me, so it’s a completely new experience, and try to enjoy this weekend that I’m not in the car, and let these guys compete,” he said to Eurosport on the 24 Hours of Le Mans grid prior to the start.
“It’s a race that’s very attractive for all of the drivers, it’s very prestigious, so yes, I think one day before later I’ll come here.”
Endurance racing has been a popular choice for F1 drivers to move to at the end of their careers. Most recently, former Red Bull Racing driver Mark Webber left F1 at the end of last season to join Porsche’s LMP1 programme for 2014. He is competing in the No. 20 car.
However, Alonso recently admitted that he will not retire from the sport until he has secured a third world title, having come incredibly close to adding to his tally in 2010 and 2012.
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