Alonso hints at WEC switch post McLaren deal

By Nakshatra Pain, 23 November 2016
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Fernando Alonso has sent the clearest indication so far that he might join Porsche to race in the World Endurance Championship next after his deal with McLaren expires at the end of 2017.

The hint came in light when Alonso spoke in a tribute video for former F1 driver Mark Webber, also the Spaniard’s friend, who retired from motorsport after the WEC season-finale in Bahrain.

Webber moved to endurance racing with Porche in 2014 and had announced his retirement earlier this year. The Australian finished the season with four wins, following up on his title in 2015, which also comprised four victories with the German manufacturer.

“You've had a fantastic career and now all your success with Porsche,” Alonso said in the video.

“You didn't wait for me there; it could have been nice but I think you will still be around and I will ask you many things when I join your adventure,” he revealed.

Alonso has been linked for a move to WEC for some time now following his winless drought in F1 that stretches back to early 2013. He was reportedly also in talks to race Porsche’s third car in 2015, that eventually took victory at the hands of Nico Hulkenberg. The move was ostensibly choked by Honda.

 

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