WEC drivers slam Fuji date change for Alonso

Published on 12 Feb 2018 09:23

Other drivers have hit out at a calendar tweak that means Fernando Alonso can now contest the full sports car world championship in 2018. Earlier, the McLaren driver looked set to skip the Fuji round of the world endurance series due to a clash with a grand prix.

But series organisers have now moved the Fuji date -- making it clash instead with races that affect other drivers on the world endurance circuit. "It's a shame that a race is changed for one driver when the change hurts so many other drivers who have contracts in place," Alonso's former teammate Jenson Button, now a Super GT driver in Japan, said on Twitter.

Sports car driver Olivier Pla added: "Many thanks WEC, your lack of consideration and respect for the drivers who had a contract the same weekend is unbelievable. I'm sure I will be not the only one to be (not) impressed with what you did."

And Andre Lotterer said: "Wouldn't it have been a lot easier for everyone if Alonso would just miss a F1 race? Is that going to change much for him?"

Replies (7)
NL denis1304 12 Feb 2018 10:27+1
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it's a bitch when some "outsider" have more sway then you...
DK RenaultFM1 12 Feb 2018 14:160
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They should keep him in there. who will miss him?
US ajpennypacker 12 Feb 2018 14:39+1
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He's the second most popular driver on the grid, so yeah...
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Lotterer is right.
CA RacetoWin 12 Feb 2018 16:11+1
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There is no way that changing a date for Fenando Alonso should be allowed when the Date is changed to replace the Petit Lemans race with the WEc event.

Many WEc racers and teams cherish the petit lemans race and this temporary rookie driver is already being a bad apple to the bunch.

If toyota announces that this is their final year and fenando's car is not within the needed points to take the title than its a possibility that he doesn't even show up to Fuji, that is why this should not be changed, this should not be at the loss of petit lemans.

either way, teams might just ditch fuji just to race at road atlanta.

i hope japanese fans throw eggs at fenando just to show their mood towards him as he has constantly hit out at the japanese culture that according him and mclaren was too slow.
SE calle.itw 12 Feb 2018 16:230
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The irony is that he actually likes Japanese culture, or at least at glance. He even has a Samurai tattooed on his back.
US ajpennypacker 13 Feb 2018 17:280
Posts: 1053
Oh please... they will all benefit from having Alonso around. It will bring a lot of new viewers to WEC simply because he is there. Yes... it was distasteful the way they did it, but it's not like a last minute change either. There are several months to make whatever changes needed to be made. Faux outrage is a pretty popular sport this days.

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