The two-time F-1 champion is moving from the “open wheels” to the world’s heaviest rally-raid.
Former F-1 driver Fernando Alonso will take part in the Dakar 2020 rally, the pilot himself announced during a press conference of the Toyota Gazoo Racing team, for which he will compete.
Rumors about Alonso’s participation in “Dakar” have been going on for a long time, the Spaniard has already trained behind the wheel of an SUV in various rally races. The winner of the daily races in Daytona and Le Mans will be the five-time Dakar triumphant, legendary motorcyclist Mark Koma. Alonso and he played in the last rally races.
This is the hardest race on the planet, but for me it is also an opportunity to become better,” Alonso was quoted as saying by rtve.es.
With him in the team as pilots will also be the grandees of “Dakar” – Nasser Al-Attiyah, South African Ginelle De Villiers and Dutchman Bernhard ten Brinke.
It is worth noting that Alonso is not the first ex-F-1 pilot to participate in Dakar. It all started in 1980 with the Frenchman Henri Pescaro, who had previously won Le Mans, the rally-raid tried to conquer both the Swiss Clay Regazzoni, and the Japanese Yukio Catayama, and many others. But only two managed to win in Dakar: first it was the Belgian Jacques X, and then not achieved much success in the “Royal races” Frenchman Jean-Louis Schlesser, who for the victory in “Dakar” behind the wheel of a buggy of his own design nicknamed “desert fox”.