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Alonso 'will find Le Mans difficult'

13th June 2018, 16:52 by Simon Barlow

Fernando Alonso has been told Le Mans is "challenging and difficult" ahead of his debut in the famous 24-hour race this weekend.

The McLaren star has arrived in the French town for this weekend's race off the back of a disappointing result at Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix, where he didn't finish.

The 36-year-old will head Toyota's bid to break an apparent curse that has prevented them from prevailing at Le Mans in the past

The Japanese manufacturer came agonisingly close to winning in 2016 when the car of Anthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima hit trouble on the penultimate lap of the race.

Alonso has been warned about what lies ahead by friend and compatriot Antonio Garcia, who will be driving in the race for a 13th time this weekend.

The Corvette-Racing driver believes it won't be easy for Alonso to switch from Formula 1 to Sportscar racing.

He said: "It's challenging and difficult, although from the outside it seems easier, people do not realize how difficult it is.

"In the race, Fernando will still discover many things despite his great experience. In addition, he has not yet run in rain with this car, and it could be that it happens at night."

Alonso retired while running in tenth place in Montreal last Sunday due to an exhaust problem, marring his 300th F1 race weekend.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

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