The Dakar Rally will be Fernando Alonso's next challenge, aboard a Toyota and with the experienced Marc Coma, motorcycle rider, as co-driver. The possibility, which has been gaining strength in recent weeks, will become official in the next few hours, according to French media. The Asturian pilot himself fed the news yesterday by posting on his Instagram account an image of the desert with a simple message: "Hello." Alonso is in South Africa, where the Toyota subsidiary is in charge of preparing the Dakar Rally.
The African installations of the brand, in which Alonso is expected to be presented as one of its pilots for the Dakar 2020, have numerous training tracks that simulate the conditions in which the famous "raid" is developed, which left Africa in the 2008 to move to South America and next year is scheduled in the desert of Saudi Arabia. The Spaniard was already testing the Toyota Hilux months ago with which Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah was proclaimed champion of the last Dakar Rally. On that occasion, Alonso conducted several trials in a closed circuit through the South African desert in the company of Giniel de Villiers, winner of the Dakar in 2009 and frequent component of the podium.
After proclaiming world champion of Formula 1 in two consecutive seasons, having achieved three runners-up and a third place, Fernando Alonso put an end to his career in the modality at the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Dump in the long distance tests , last year the pilot from El Salvador won the World Endurance Championship after winning twice in Le Mans and also twice in Spa, in addition to the 1,000 miles of Sebring.
Everything indicates that Alonso's partner in his new adventure will be Marc Coma, winner of the Dakar Rally five times in the motorcycle mode (2006, 2009, 2011, 2014 and 2015) and sports director of the test for three years, until who left office after the 2018 edition.
Alonso keeps his hook, and Toyota is not the only brand that wants to have him. The British McLaren, for example, wishes to have the Spaniard in the IndyCar category, although the director of the kit, Zach Brown, already pointed out that the pilot "in no case has shown interest in participating in a full season in this competition." Brown's goal is to convince him to take part in the 500 Miles of Indianapolis.
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