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Former Formula One world champion Nigel Mansell is worried about how complex Fernando Alonso has made his 2018 motorsport schedule, with the Spaniard set to participate in the FIA World Endurance Championship along with his regular F1 duties with McLaren.
Alonso has made it clear that the prupose of racing in WEC is purely to become only the second driver in history to win the unofficial ‘triple crown of motorsport’. He even made a decent fist of it last year, when he led 27 laps of the Indianapolis 500 before engine problems forced him to retire.
Alonso has spoken earlier about how it is crucial for him to add to his Monaco Grand Prix victories by winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans at the first attempt in 2018.
However, former Williams driver Mansell is concerned that this will have an adverse effect on Alonso’s F1 chances.
“I don’t know what the motivation is,” Mansell told Sky Sports. “For me it bodes that the car isn’t going to be as competitive as we all hoped for, so he wants to be in a competitive car doing something else and having the opportunity to win.
“When you are a winner, you want to be competitive and you want to be able to win and compete at the front. I just think the rationale behind it – if you focus on trying to do a great job… I just hope they don’t score an home [own] goal.”
McLaren has already moved to play down concerns over Alonso’s motivation, with executive director Zak Brown describing his commitment to Toyota and the WEC as “minimised”.
When asked if it would be in Alonso’s best interests to focus on one championship, Mansell – who became the only driver in history to hold titles in both F1 and CART at the same time in 1993 – said, “It just depends. Circumstances are very different now.
“Reliability should be much better but you mustn’t have one detracting from the other. If it can all be worked out then great you can have a lot of fun with it.”