Alonso: It would be nice to race at Le Mans

Fernando Alonso waves the French flag to start the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours race

Fernando Alonso waves the French flag to start the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours race

Driver, supporter and guest starter: Fernando Alonso was all of these on Saturday at the Le Mans 24 Hour race, as the Ferrari driver flagged the race off with the traditional French tricolor at 3 pm local time.

Alonso arrived at the circuit around noon, where he met the President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, Pierre Fillon and the President of the FIA, Jean Todt, after he which he endorsed the Federation’s road safety campaign.

Then, wearing a race suit and helmet, Fernando tried the cockpit of a Ferrari 512 S, which was entered in the 1970 24 Hours by Scuderia Filipinetti for the German Herbert Muller and the Englishman Mike Parkes.

Field released for warm-up lap at Le Mans

Field released for warm-up lap at Le Mans

The Spaniard then did one lap of the track in this, one of the last prototypes built by Ferrari for Endurance racing, when he was given an enthusiastic welcome from the 250,000 spectators who lined the 13.6 kilometre-long track.

Fernando said he was struck by the atmosphere of the event, “It’s nice to be here and you can feel a special mood linked to this really fascinating form of racing.”

“It would be nice to actually take part on track one day. I often speak with President Montezemolo and, while the priority remains winning again in Formula 1, an interesting format like Le Mans is worth keeping an eye on too,” added Alonso. (GP247-Ferrari)