Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso

Button: Fuji date change for Alonso hurts so many drivers

Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso

News that Fuji Raceway changed the date of their 6-hours World Endurance Championship in October, to accommodate Fernando Alonso’s scheduled, has drawn the wrath of several drivers including none other than former teammate Jenson Button.

Last week Toyota confirmed that McLaren have granted the Japanese manufacturer the use of Alonso’s services for the 2018/2019 WEC super-season.

But a storm is brewing as dozens of drivers who have been inconvenienced by the move to ensure Alonso’s participation in the Fuji round, which clashed with the United States Grand Prix, are unhappy with the decision.

The new date now clashes with Petit Le Mans in which a number of drivers racing at Fuji would have committed to teams and been scheduled to race in, but now cannot.

Several of them have made their feelings known and in turn garnered support from Button who was Alonso’s teammate at McLaren for two years.

Button tweeted:

Asked on the same thread if he was having a dig at Alonso, the 2009 F1 World Champion replied, “No it’s a dig to a category that should be bigger than an individual.”

Ford Chip Ganassi Team driver Olivier Pla:

Rebellion Racing LMP1 driver Andre Lotterer:

Is Fernando receiving favourable treatment regarding the WEC calendar fair or unfair?