Fernando Alonso wins Le Mans 24 on debut with Toyota

Fernando Alonso brought Le Mans a lot more attention, but how much of a role did he play in Toyota's triumph, and how will history remember his win given the lack of opposition?

This past weekend's 24 Hours of Le Mans featured several IMSA competitors, including a few that stood on the podium Sunday afternoon.

IndyCar and World Endurance Championship organisers understand the scale of Alonso's appeal, which is why the WEC superseason calendar was changed to avoid the Fuji round clashing with F1.

Only Graham Hill has achieved the Triple Crown; Monaco F1 GP, Indianapolis 500 and 24 Hours of Le Mans; doing so in 1972. "Let's see what the future of F1 will be". Alonso saw a potential top ten finish at Monaco scuppered by gearbox failure, whilst exhaust gremlins ended a dire 300th Grand Prix for the 36-year-old in Canada.

"Realistically, if I'd had the choice, I would have left half-way through the year [2016]". Here we were leading the race and I was anxious about missing the opportunity again but here we achieved it.

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The Spanish driver, together with teammates Kazuki Nakajima of Japan and Sebastien Buemi of Switzerland, completed 388 laps in their Toyota hybrid vehicle, two more than Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez in the other Toyota hybrid. "It is definitely a very attractive target to try for the triple crown and see if I can be a better driver, a more complete driver".

McLaren's new partnership with Renault this year has seen an improvement, but Alonso still seems far away from competing for race wins let alone titles.

The McLaren F1 Team enter Formula 1's triple-header after two points-free weekends.

However Alonso was sounding happy with the prospect of getting back to his 'day job next weekend: "I'm already looking forward to getting back in my vehicle and going racing again".

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