‘Whoever Ferrari pick will be good for me’ – Alonso

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Fernando Alonso says he will be satisfied whoever Ferrari choose to be his team mate next year.

The Italian Grand Prix saw widespread speculation the Felipe Massa will be replaced by Kimi Raikkonen at the team in 2014.

“It’s not possible for me to talk of any name for next year because I have a lot of respect for Felipe,” said Alonso in an online chat with fans yesterday.

“We’ve been working very hard and close for four years to give Ferrari the maximum,” he added. “Whatever decision the team will take will be good for me and we will keep working to give Ferrari the best results possible.”

Alonso described his podium finish on the team’s home ground last weekend as a “fantastic sensation”.

“I’ve had the incredible luck to get on the podium 93 times and I’ve always had the same feeling of support, of never-ending chants and applause.”

“Certainly to be at Monza with Ferrari represents something more. You always want to win the races but it’s true that the recognition of the people for your efforts is one of the best rewards for your work.”

Ferrari are expected to announce who Alonso’s team mate will be later this week.

Toyota victorious in Bahrain on Porsche’s LMP1 swansong

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SAKHIR, Bahrain – Toyota denied Porsche a swansong victory in its final LMP1 appearance in the FIA World Endurance Championship by taking a commanding win in the 6 Hours of Bahrain on Saturday.

Porsche started from pole in the last competitive outing for the three-time Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid car, only to lose out to Toyota’s Sebastien Buemi within the first half an hour of the race.

Porsche lost one of its cars from contention for victory after an errant bollard got stuck underneath Timo Bernhard’s No. 2 entry, leaving Nick Tandy to lead its charge in the No. 1 car.

Tandy moved into the lead just past half distance after a bold strategy call from Porsche to triple-stint the Briton after a fuel-only stop, vaulting him ahead of Anthony Davidson in the No. 8 Toyota.

Tandy’s win hopes were soon dashed when he tangled with a GTE-Am backmarker at Turn 1, sustaining damage that forced Porsche into an unplanned pit stop that put the car a lap down.

With the No. 7 Toyota losing two laps following a clash with a GTE-Pro car earlier on, Davidson, Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima went unchallenged en route to the car’s fifth victory of the season.

Porsche rounded out the podium with its cars, with the No. 2 leading home the No. 1, leaving Toyota’s No. 7 car to settle for P4 at the checkered flag.

Vaillante Rebellion clinched the title in LMP2 after a stunning fightback led by Bruno Senna, with the Brazilian securing his maiden motorsport championship win in the process.

GTE-Pro saw AF Corse complete a hat-trick of titles in 2017, with James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi wining the class’ first world championship recognized by the FIA, while Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda sewed up the GTE-Am title.