Drivers slam Fuji date change for Alonso

Feb.12 (GMM) 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?”

Related News

  • 01/02/2018 WEC eyeing calendar tweak for Alonso Feb.1 (GMM) The world endurance sports car championship is reportedly considering changing the date of a key race so that Fernando Alonso can take part. This week, McLaren announced that […]
  • 28/04/2018 Alonso welcomes Button to Le Mans Apr.28 (GMM) Fernando Alonso has welcomed his former McLaren teammate Jenson Button to Le Mans. After Baku, McLaren driver Alonso's world endurance championship campaign kicks off next […]
  • 30/10/2016 F1 drivers no longer drug-tested – Button Oct.30 (GMM) Jenson Button thinks the world anti-doping agency (Wada) is dropping the ball when it comes to F1. The F1 veteran said he and his rivals must comply with strict protocols, […]
  • 12/10/2018 Webber hopes Indycar move right for Alonso Oct.12 (GMM) Fernando Alonso says he still has not decided what he will be doing in 2019. Frustrated with modern F1 and the top teams' apparent refusal to sign him, the double world […]
  • 07/10/2015 McLaren-Honda must look ahead to 2016 now Oct.7 (GMM) McLaren-Honda is having to look beyond the final five races of 2015. At Suzuka recently, the Anglo-Japanese collaboration looked set to unravel, amid Fernando Alonso's radio […]
  • 28/09/2015 Honda suggests McLaren to blame for ‘negativity’ Sep.28 (GMM) As the struggling McLaren-Honda union hit a new low at Suzuka, Yasuhisa Arai suggests the one-way blame game needs to stop. In front of the Japanese carmaker's […]
  • 14/09/2015 McLaren wants race seats for Magnussen, Vandoorne Sep.14 (GMM) McLaren says it will work hard to ensure team juniors Kevin Magnussen and Stoffel Vandoorne are on the F1 grid next year. It appears likely that the Woking based team, […]
  • 22/11/2016 Alonso, Button hint at Le Mans futures Nov.22 (GMM) Fernando Alonso has hinted again that his future lies at Le Mans. The Spaniard, who has never hidden his passion for the ever-burgeoning world endurance championship and the […]
  • 22/08/2015 Honda’s hopes collapse as Alonso targets 107pc Aug.22 (GMM) Fernando Alonso insists he is not distraught, even though a highly-touted Honda engine upgrade appeared not to have pushed McLaren up the pecking order. Honda chief Yasuhisa […]
  • 02/02/2018 Alonso needs Le Mans to ‘prove’ skills – Domenicali Feb.2 (GMM) Fernando Alonso is racing outside formula one to "prove" he remains one of the world's best drivers. That is the view of his former Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali, who today […]