Alonso in action at Le Mans
Double world champion and double Le Mans winner, Fernando Alonso was back on the French circuit for a demonstration lap in an F1 car before the 24 hours of racing.
The Spaniard was joined by his Alpine teammate Esteban Ocon, winner of the recent Hungarian Grand Prix.
Before the start of the iconic endurance race, five Alpine A110S road cars, including two driven by Nicolas Longuet (Alpine eSports Team) and Lilou Wadoux (Alpine Elf Europa Cup), rolled out of the pit lane. A few moments later, the A110 Rally entrusted to the French two-wheel drive Champion and winner of the FIA R-GT category at the Rallye Monte-Carlo 2021 Manu Guigou joined them.
Ocon then followed in an A110 GT4, the car that won the 2018 GT4 International Cup before achieving more success across Europe, while Pierre Thiriet, who with Alpine Elf Matmut Endurance Team drivers Andre Negrao and Nicolas Lapierre , won the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice in the LMP2 category, then took to the track in the A470 LMP2 prototype which won its category title in the 2018-2019 season of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
The highlight, however, was to be Alonso’s appearance, marking his return to the iconic track for the first time since winning 2019 with Toyota, in an Alpine F1 car – in fact the 2018 Renault – in the colors of the A521. .
The Spanish driver made history by completing the first lap of an F1 on the Circuit de la Sarthe and its legendary bends: from Tertre Rouge to Arnage via the Mulsannes straight and the Indianapolis bend. .
After the Arnage turn, the champions gathered under the Alpine banner to complete the training lap in front of the crowded start-finish stands for a group photo celebrating Alpine’s involvement in several key disciplines in the presence of the CEO of ‘Alpine, Laurent Rossi and the President of the ACO, Pierre Fillon.
A tribute to the late Jean-Pierre Jaussaud, winner with Didier Pironi and the Alpine A442B of the 1978 24 Hours of Le Mans, was then organized by the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, a few minutes before the start. of the race.
F1 raced in 1967, when Jack Brabham won the French Grand Prix, albeit on the Bugatti road course.