Fernando Alonso has made history by becoming the first driver to be inducted into the FIA Hall of Fame twice.
The two-time F1 World Champion earned his second induction as part of the FIA World Endurance Championship ceremony in Paris.
He, along with every winner of the World Endurance Championship’s two periods were inducted into the Hall of Fame which before now only housed Formula One and World Rally Championship winners.
Alonso won the 2018/19 WEC Super Season crown alongside Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima as part of Toyota Gazoo Racing, as well as claiming two overall wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Speaking to Motorsportweek.com after the ceremony, Alonso said: “I think it’s a great pleasure for me to share the evening with these great champions.
“Some of them, they were an inspiration for me when I was a kid, and now, to share this room is a pleasure. Good for FIA as well, to organize this Hall of Fame.
“I think it gives credit to great champions that maybe are not up-to-date, and this is the way to have a legacy for future generations, and I’m happy for these kind of things.
“I think endurance racing is a wonderful part of motorsport,” Alonso continued.
“It has all the right ingredients and all the values that motorsport shares with other things. And you know, this sense of friendship that you need to build with your team and with your teammates, the trust, the teamwork, is perfect example when you talk about endurance racing, so I’m happy that people will know more and more about this championship.”
Alonso said that his two Le Mans wins are the “highlight” which he takes from his experience of endurance racing.
“I think both Le Mans, both Le Mans will be the highlight. But I think, a part of the victories will be the atmosphere and how you leave the weekends, I think they are very different to Formula One and different disciplines that I’ve been racing in,” he explained.
“I think here it’s just a common love for motorsport that you share not only with your rival, but also with other cars from categories that try to help each other in the middle of the night, or whatever. So I think that is very unique.”