MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 27: Pole position qualifier Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing and Second placed qualifier Fernando Alonso of Spain and Aston Martin F1 Team talk in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco on May 27, 2023 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Verstappen: Alonso will do Le Mans again only with me

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 27: Pole position qualifier Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing and Second placed qualifier Fernando Alonso of Spain and Aston Martin F1 Team talk in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco on May 27, 2023 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. Verstappen: Alonso will do Le Mans again only with me (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Formula 1 World Champion Max Verstappen is keen to keep in the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race, and when he does he will team up with Fernando Alonso.

The 42-year-old Spaniard has won Le Mans twice during his sabbatical (2018 and 2019) with Toyota Gazoo Racing, the double F1 World Champion only missing an Indy 500 win to claim the Triple Crown of Motorsport which only Graham Hill has ever achieved.

During the “Honda Thanks Day” at Motegi, Verstappen told Speedweek: “I would really like to compete in Le Mans. I was there when my father was still taking part. The atmosphere at the endurance races is overwhelming, there are so many people, even at night and at sunrise. I think that’s really cool.

“I already spoke to Fernando about it and he said he would only compete with me again. And I thought, ‘Wow, that would be really cool. I was there when my father was still competing. The atmosphere at the endurance races is overwhelming, there are so many people, even at night and at sunrise. I think it’s cool.

“The only problem is that there is no minimum weight for the drivers at Le Mans and I am quite heavy. That’s why I have to find a lighter teammate. But Fernando is pretty light, so that would be very good,” quipped Verstappen.

The triple F1 World Champ Verstappen added: “Of course, I would like to try out a MotoGP bike and I also enjoy the SuperGT cars. I was allowed to drive one last year and that was great.”

Notably, Aston Martin announced that “the Valkyrie will carry Aston Martin into the fight for overall victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with endurance racing partner Heart of Racing, from 2025. A WEC and IMSA programme is also on the cards.

Ford, who will partner Red Bull from 2026 in F1, have a Mustang GT3 programme beginning next year for Le Mans.

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