Fernando Alonso heads to WEC Bahrain in support of Webber and AF Corse team

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Just in case the rumor mill surrounding Fernando Alonso’s future wasn’t busy enough, the Spaniard may have turned a few more heads simply by venturing to this weekend’s FIA World Endurance Championship race in Bahrain.

Alonso confirmed to NBCSN’s Will Buxton back in June that he wants to take part in Le Mans one day and try his hand at endurance racing, but only when he is finished with Formula 1.

“I will, that’s 100%,” he told Buxton. “I need to wait until I finish Formula 1 probably because it requires some tests, some training, some dedication.

“I’m a person that if I do something, I do 100%, I don’t do 50-50, so first I will try to do some more years in Formula 1, try to win championships, try to help Ferrari, and then one day, of course, I cannot be seated at home in the sofa, so endurance is a category that you can race when you’re a bit older with not big problems, and that will be my intention.”

For 2015, Alonso has not yet confirmed where he will be racing, although a deal with McLaren is thought to be close. He is poised to be replaced at Ferrari by Sebastian Vettel who revealed back in Japan that he would be leaving Red Bull.

F1’s silly season has largely centered around Alonso, with stories ranging from a sabbatical to entering the WEC to even buying Marussia for $1. The probable truth of the matter is that he will be in F1 next season with McLaren, and all we are lacking is the formal confirmation.

Ahead of next weekend’s finale in Abu Dhabi though, Alonso decided to head to Bahrain for today’s WEC race in support of his friend and former F1 driver, Mark Webber, and the Ferrari AF Corse GT team.

Perhaps the main thing to take away from this appearance is that there is a real interest in the WEC and endurance racing for Alonso, with the series becoming a very attractive for a number of drivers over the past few years.

Mark Webber became the biggest name to make the switch in recent years for 2014, and he could be joined by McLaren’s Jenson Button if the Briton is replaced by Alonso at Woking for 2015.