After a short outing on the Le Mans track before the start of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Fernando Alonso explained that the venue is too fast and too narrow for the current Formula 1 cars.
Alonso added that it could be possible to race around Le Mans, but some modifications concerning safety would be required. Plus, he admitted that he enjoyed a lot the lap around the French track, even though he did not push the car to its limit.
The two-time world champion said that Formula 1 cars would be much faster than the LMP1 cars.
“I think the simulation says like something under three minutes,” he said. “But then you have to execute the lap. And it was not that easy, because honestly with the F1 car, I felt the long straights were a little bit unusual for our tires, our cars.
“The braking points after the long straights were a bit tricky because the front tires tried to lock up and things like that. So if you go for it, and you push, it will be quite stressful.
“So in a way I was I was happy that it was just a demo lap!”
Alonso said that it would not be too hard to prepare to race around Le Mans, and it would also be fun to do so.
“It could be fun for sure to race there, I think it will not take too much in terms of preparation or engineering to go to tracks like Le Mans,” he said.
“Even with a very short time, I think our car was prepared to do that demo lap. And it was close to a race situation.
“But I don’t know, at those speeds and talking about safety standards, we will probably have to change few things in the track itself.
“It will be way too fast, and way too narrow in some of the sections on the straights. So potentially it will require some changes, more on track than basically from the F1 community.”
Esteban Ocon was at the race too, and he admitted that competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans could happen in the future since he enjoyed watching it.
“It was an amazing experience,” he said. “I’ve been watching the race as a spectator when I was younger, but I haven’t seen how it was working from the inside.
“So it was quite interesting to be involved, have a look, and talk to the drivers as well who are involved in the race.
“It’s been fun, and I had my first lap as well of the track in a GT4 car, so it’s been a mega experience to be there and watch it from a different perspective.
“In the future, never say never, I would say. I’m fully focused on F1. I aim to be world champion one day, but if an opportunity comes, it’s one of those that you can’t say no to.”