Brown doesn’t care how Alonso spends his spare time

McLaren boss Zak Brown says he doesn’t mind that Fernando Alonso will contest 26 races this season, including five WEC races, and believes the Spaniard has freedom to decide how he spends his spare time.

Alonso’s attempt to win the Triple crown wants to win at 24h Le Mans and this season he will drive for Toyota, the only factory team in the LMP1 category that fields two out of a total of 10 cars.

Mark Webber expressed concern that participation in the WEC championship would distract Alonso from Formula 1, but McLaren boss Zak Brown is unconcerned and says Alonso is just ‘loaned’ to Toyota.

“Fernando is limited to only driving a Toyota racing car, commercial activities, sponsorships and such things are maximally limited,” said Brown.

“When you think about Fernando, you think of him as a McLaren driver.”

Brown believes that Alonso WEC adventure will not have a negative impact on his engagement in McLaren F1 programme.

“We have everything we need for F1, so on his free weekends he would either be in the go-kart or golfing or whatever he wants,” he said. “Instead, he will be in the Toyota WEC car. ”

“He wants to spend his spare time in racing cars.”

Alonso ‘knows what he is getting into’

The double world champions from 2005 and 2006 will participate in 26 races this season, 21 in F1 and five in the WEC series, but Brown doesn’t think it’s too much for him.

“He’s a very special athlete who can do things that would  break most of us,” said Brown.

“I don’t think he would do that if he didn’t think that he could do it at the highest level.”

“He knows what he’s getting into, he’s unbelievably prepared.”


1 5 May 2018 Spa-Francorchamps
2 16 June 2018 Le Mans 24h
3 19 August 2018 Silverstone
4 14 October 2018 Fuji
5 18 November 2018 Shanghai
6 16 March 2019 Sebring
7 4 May 2019 Spa-Francorchamps
8 15 June 2019 Le Mans 24h

Note: All WEC races last 6 hours except 24h Le Mans


01 F1 Australia 25 March
02 F1 Bahrain 08 April
03 F1 China 15 April
04 F1 Azerbaijan 29 April
05 WEC Spa  05 May
06 F1 Spain 13 May
07 F1 Monaco 27 May
08 F1 Canada 10 June
09 WEC Le Mans 24h 16 June
10 F1 France 24 June
11 F1 Austrija 01 July
12 F1 Great Britain 08 July
13 F1 Germany 22 July
14  F1 Hungary 29 July
15 WEC Silverstone 19 August
16 F1 Belgium 26 July
17 F1 Italy 02 September
18 F1 Singapore 16 September
19 F1 Russia 30 September
20 F1 Japan 07 October
21 WEC Fuji 14 October
22 F1 USA 21 October
23 F1 Mexico 28 October
24 F1 Brazil 11 November
25 WEC Shanghai 18 November
26 F1 Abu Dhabi 25 November
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