Official: Fernando Alonso will leave the WEC at the end of the season

Official: Fernando Alonso will leave the WEC at the end of the season

May 3, 2019 0 By autotimesnews

Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso will leave WEC at the end of the 2018/2019 season in June. As expected, the Spanish driver will give way to the factory Toyota team to Brandon Hartley.

“I liked to play for Toyota Gazoo Racing at WEC, but this chapter came to an end,” commented Alonso. – Our victory in the “24 hours of Le Mans” last year – one of the highlights of my racing career, which I will remember forever.

Now is the time for new challenges. And I have many opportunities to choose from for further cooperation with Toyota. ”

Hartley, therefore, returns to the WEC factory team after playing for Porsche, with whom he became the champion in 2015 and 2017.

“In the years of rivalry with Toyota, I know how professional and motivated this team is. Therefore, I am very happy to join her, – said the New Zealander. – I believe that the experience of performances in Formula 1 helped me to become better, and I look forward to the start of cooperation “.

Toyota also confirmed the renewal of contracts with Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, Jose Maria Lopez, Mike Conway and Camuy Kobayashi.