Fernando Alonso: My Le Mans win 'at a higher level' than others

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Alonso's No.8 Toyota - which he shared with Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastien Buemi - led home the sister No.7 auto and finished 12 laps clear of the third-placed Rebellion Racing entry.

Toyota was left as the sole LMP1 hybrid entrant for the 2018/19 season, following the withdrawal of Audi at the end of 2016, and Porsche's exit a year ago.

Alonso joined Toyota for the WEC Super Season, ostensibly with the ambition of taking another step towards achieving motorsport's Triple Crown, and the No. 8 vehicle beat the sister No. 7 machine to victory at the 24-Hour classic. Alonso believes his will hold a special place in history. "I put this victory in a higher level than any other victory in Le Mans". "Last year there were only four cars, this year there were 10". Asked how good he thought the Honda engine, which from 2019 will power both the Red Bull and Toro Rosso cars, now was, Alonso said: "I don't know". That's how hard Le Mans is and how unpredictable it is.

It contradicted what Alonso had said at the start of the Paul Ricard press conference.

The non-hybrids were allocated significantly more energy over a lap of the Le Mans circuit, 205MJ versus Toyota's 124.9MJ, to make up for the disadvantages of not running a hybrid system.

"The team of our [McLaren] boss [United Autosports], Zak Brown, was third at the end of the race, and I think in qualifying it was 14th".

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"As I said previous year when I entered the Indy 500, that was a very attractive target to achieve the Triple Crown and be a little bit of a more complete driver, not only to drive Formula 1 cars". In the end we got a little bit more lucky and a little bit more better set up.

Asked whether the Indy 500 was now his main priority, to the point where he'd like to repeat his failed 2017 attempt on the race in 2019, Alonso replied: "I didn't think too much yet on this".

"It's incredible to see the response from this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans", said Dagys. "We miss in Monaco with the gearbox issue and in Canada with the engine issue, but we were in [points-scoring positions] also in those races, so we want to come back to that [form] here".

Alonso's victory moved him a step closer to his goal of completing motor racing's triple crown - he now only needs to add the Indy 500 to his wins at Le Mans and the Monaco Grand Prix.

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