Verstappen: Alonso is ready to race with me at Le Mans

Max Verstappen said Fernando Alonso would be interested in competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the same team as him sometime in the future.

Today the three-time world champion took part in the traditional Honda Thanks Day celebration, held at the Japanese racing complex in Motegi. He was there in the company of Sergio Perez, AlphaTauri riders Daniel Ricciardo and Yuki Tsunoda, two-time Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato and MotoGP stars.

As Sato demonstrated the IndyCar car that won the 2020 Indianapolis Classic, Verstappen answered questions from Japanese fans. Among other things, he was asked if he planned to attempt this overseas series in the future.

“I like watching IndyCar races and I have a lot of respect for what these people do, but I don’t think I will be there,” Verstappen replied. “But of course I would like to try a MotoGP bike on the road, and I also love SuperGT racing. Last year I drove a car like that, and it was very cool. I also like Super Formula cars, they look cool and they are the fastest cars, after Formula 1 in terms of speed.

But what I would definitely like to participate in is Le Mans. I have already been to this race when my father competed there. The endurance race is accompanied by a great atmosphere – there are just a lot of fans and the race takes place both at sunset and at night. I think it’s really cool.”

When Max was asked who his teammate at Le Mans could be, he said: “I have spoken to Fernando about this subject. He said that only in the same team as me would he be ready to participate in Le Mans again. And I replied that that would be great.

The only catch is that Le Mans has no minimum driver weight requirements. And I’m quite heavy, and to compensate for this, I need to find lighter partners. But Fernando is quite light, so that would be nice. But we’ll have to find another one, and then we’ll have to think about it.

In modern Formula 1, there are only two drivers who can boast a victory at Le Mans: Nico Hulkenberg, who won the legendary marathon in 2015 as part of the Porsche factory team, and Fernando Alonso, who won there twice – in 2018 and 2019 together with Toyota.

Source: F1 News

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