The Daytona 24hrs is considered part of the triple crown of endurance racing and is one of the first major motor-sports events of the year. For 2018, F1 drivers Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll are competing in the event. So how did they get on?
In the midst of the of a three-month race ‘shutdown’, F1 drivers have been training hard and have been taking some well-needed time off. But Alonso and Stroll are getting their racing season started early by competing the legendary 24hrs of Daytona.
- Team: United Autosports
- Car: #23
- Class: Prototype
After contesting in Indycar last year, Fernando Alonso is showing his ability by taking part in the famous endurance sports car race. It was confirmed in late October in 2017 that Alonso would take part in his first ever endurance race. Accompanying Alonso in the #23 United Autosports car would be McLaren Test and Reserve driver Lando Norris and Philip Hanson.
Although admitting before the weekend began, Alonso said it would be a “very big task” to win on his Daytona 24 Hours debut. Once again, success was not to be as the McLaren driver finished 38th overall and 13th in class.
The team had a good start as they ran as high as sixth from 13th on the grid into the early hours of the night but a combination of problems – including a puncture and brake failure – dropped them down the field.
- Team: Jackie Chan DCR JOTA
- Car: #37
- Class: Prototype
Stroll competed in his first full season as an F1 driver with Williams and finished a brilliant 3rd at the Azerbaijan GP. Accompanying Stroll would be current Formula E Championship Leader Felix Rosenqvist, Robin Frijns and Daniel Juncadella.
They were in the hunt for a podium finish early in the race but lost time when they were forced into the pits to repair bodywork and suspension damage caused by a puncture. Ultimately they finished 15th overall, 31 laps behind the race winners.