Laurent Rossi reveals that Alpine will be happy to have both Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon in the WEC time once they leave Formula 1.
The duo of Alonso and Ocon has brought some great success to Alpine in the 2021 F1 season and the team is happy with the performance of both drivers. Alpine CEO Rossi admits that they would like to continue collaboration with either of the drivers after the F1 deal is over. The most likely option is WEC, where Alpine is planning to field an LMDh challenger in 2-3 years.
“After their career, they are welcome to stay [in the Alpine family] and that’s something that if we were to carry on with Le Mans and endurance at large, it’s something we have in mind and that’s also something that is weighing in my decision process,” Rossi said.
“Fernando would obviously be good option because he has been there, done that, he has proven that he is a great driver on every single type of ground, so it would be silly not to seize this opportunity if it was presenting itself. But for the foreseeable future, F1 drivers will drive F1 cars and others will drive the rest.”
Rossi has also confirmed that he has had talks with the drivers regarding possible WEC appearance.
“We have discussed that with both drivers. It is a possibility but precedence will always go to Formula 1, they both know that and that’s why also Esteban said he will never say never but at the same time is always going to be given the priority. Only because it’s different cars, different tires, it takes time to adapt, it’s exhausting races, especially the 24 hours, so you cannot just decide that you switch from a Formula 1 race to an endurance race from one weekend to another,” he commented.
“Also the scheduling, the calendars are not necessarily consistent so if one day we have an opportunity, for instance, Le Mans like this year, at the very end of the shutdown, which is unusual, as Le Mans is usually 10th of June more or less, perhaps, but frankly it would be nicer to have than a must-have.”