Alonso admits fears when racing in F1

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Fernando Alonso has admitted in an interview that Formula One does scare him from time-to-time, especially when driving in wet conditions.

Mortality is a topic that very few drivers dare to speak about, but Alonso was happy to talk about his fears when driving during an interview with German broadcaster RTL.

“Yes, I’ve been scared sometimes,” Alonso said. “Definitely races in the wet when you lose all visibility. It’s a critical moment. And then at times like we have seen recently with the tires that did not hold, you get a respect for the speed and a sense of danger.”

However, the Spanish driver showed no signs of these fears giving him second thoughts about racing in F1, explaining how this speed was important to him.

“Without speed it would be hard to understand a single day. I like speed, I like doing everything in a hurry.”

Alonso currently trails Sebastian Vettel by 34 points in the drivers’ championship as the Ferrari driver goes in hunt of his third world championship, having taken back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006.

Fernando Alonso completes first test with United Autosports

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Two-time Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso enjoyed his first outing with United Autosports, with whom he will contest the 2018 Rolex 24 at Daytona, in their Ligier JS P217 LMP2 chassis.

The McLaren Formula 1 driver completed the test at Motorland Aragon in Spain alongside co-driver Phil Hanson, who will be a teammate with Alonso at next year’s 24-hour Daytona enduro. Filipe Albuquerque, a former GT class winner at the Rolex 24, was also on hand to help Alonso and the team ahead of Alonso’s first run in an LMP2 car, which comes only a couple days after he made his LMP1 testing debut with Toyota. Albuquerque races with Mustang Sampling Racing in IMSA, but will return to United’s European Le Mans Series program for all but one race in 2018.

“I had a great first test with United Autosports. Obviously, we are on a really tight schedule between now and Daytona, but it was nice to jump in the car for the first time,” said Alonso, who will rejoin the team at the official Roar Before the 24 test on January 5-7.

Alonso added, “There’s quite a few switches and things to study so it was important to do this initial shakedown before Daytona, so I could fully learn about the car. I’m happy with everything – the car felt great and the team were fantastic. The atmosphere here is wonderful, like a big family, so today has been amazing. I cannot wait for Daytona.”

Team owner Zak Brown, who also serves as executive director of McLaren Technology Group and helps lead the McLaren Formula 1 effort, shared Alonso’s enthusiasm and was not surprised he was able to acclimate himself relatively quickly.

“Fernando’s first test with United Autosports went awesome as expected. He is a world champion and it is a pleasure to have him in our car,” he said of Alonso’s debut with the team.

Alonso is currently schedule to contest the Rolex 24 with the aforementioned Hanson and McLaren test driver Lando Norris.