Alonso completes over 100 laps in Toyota LMP1 test

Alonso completes over 100 laps in Toyota LMP1 test

Wurz - a two-time Le Mans victor - said: "Fernando is one of the best race drivers out there".

Fernando Alonso completed his first test of a Toyota LMP1 auto at the World Endurance Championship's end-of-season rookie test in Bahrain on Sunday.

Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez had sat on provisional pole in the #7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid after completing both their runs, only for Porsche to opt for a third shot at pole late on, with Tandy improving his lap by six-tenths of a second to snatch pole away.

Signatech Alpine grabbed pole in LMP2 ahead of the title-scrapping Jackie Chan DC Racing and Vaillante Rebellion cars, while AF Corse took top honours in GTE-Pro through Davide Rigon and Sam Bird in the #71 Ferrari 488 GTE.

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"I think a test in an LMP1 is always a nice thing for any racing driver; these cars are incredible to drive and are very consistent in the stints". "So all of that has an influence on the lap time".

With his LMP1 test behind him, Alonso will now make the short trip from Bahrain to Abu Dhabi in time for the final Formula 1 race of the season next weekend.

However, the future is not yet set in stone, even though in the immediate aftermath of McLaren driver Alonso's test, Toyota announced that it will contest Le Mans in 2018. "I don't know when, but endurance for sure is one of the goals for me in the future after Formula 1". Vasselon wouldn't comment on whether Alonso would be included in Toyota's next test at Aragon at the start of December. "At the moment it was just a fantastic opportunity".

Wurz added: "But you can see that we talk of very close lap times between our permanent drivers and our "rookie" driver and as it's not possible to compare in such detail, all I can say is he did very well indeed and it was very nice to work with him".

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