Toyota confirms Alonso’s first LMP1 test

Date published: November 18 2017

Fernando Alonso will be in action at the Sakhir International Circuit on Sunday after Toyota confirmed that the Spaniard will be taking part in the LMP1 rookie test in Bahrain.

Alonso, who will be dipping his toe into endurance racing next year starting with the Daytona 24 Hours in January, recently visited Toyota's headquarters in Cologne for a seat fitting, a simulation run and to discuss the possibility of competing at Le Mans in 2018.

At previous races, Alonso would neither confirm nor deny that he had spoken to Toyota, but team principal Hisatake Murata has announced the news.

"We are very excited that Fernando will test our car," said Murata.

"When he visited us in Cologne everyone who met him could sense his enthusiasm and passion for our sport; he is a true racer.

"We very much respect his interest in different forms of motorsport and it is a pleasure to offer him this chance to drive a hybrid LMP1 car. It will be interesting to hear his feedback on the TS050 HYBRID."