F1 champions Max Verstappen & Fernando Alonso want to team up for Le Mans 24 Hours

Fernando Alonso and Max Verstappen have won five F1 titles between them (Photo: Getty)

Max Verstappen has revealed that Fernando Alonso is interested in teaming up with his fellow Formula One champion to contest the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The Red Bull star has previously dropped hints he’d like to take up endurance racing when he decides to leave F1.

Part of this is motivated by the fact that this is what his father Jos did after his eight-year F1 career was over, with the Dutchman going on to win the world famous Le Mans race in 2008.

However, Max has now claimed that Aston Martin’s Alonso had told him that he was interested in doing the race alongside him, having won Le Mans himself in 2018 and 2019.

‘Le Mans I definitely would like to do. I’ve been there already when my dad used to race and the atmosphere is amazing,’ the 26-year-old said, as quoted by F1’s official website.

‘It’s endurance, so many people, driving through the night, sunrise – I think it’s really cool.

‘I’ve been speaking to Fernando about it. He said he would only want to do it with me again. That would be really cool.

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Alonso won Le Mans in 2018 and 2019 (Photo: Getty)

‘The only thing is that for Le Mans there is not really a minimum weight for the driver. I’m quite a heavy driver, so I need to find light team mates to compensate.

‘Fernando is quite light, so it would be quite good, but then we need to find another one – I need to have a look!’

Having a three-time and two-time F1 champion racing in the same team would be quite a remarkable sight and one fans would surely love to see.

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is one of the most prestigious motor races in the world (Photo: Getty)

If Verstappen were to win Le Mans, he would also be one step away from claiming the Motorsport Triple Crown, given to someone who has won the three most prestigious races in the world, namely Le Mans, the Monaco Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500.

Graham Hill is the only person to have achieved this, while Alonso has tried but has been unable to win the Indy 500.

It doesn’t sound as if Verstappen will attempt it however as he’s not keen on IndyCar, adding: ‘For sure, I would like to try a MotoGP bike. I enjoy the Super GT and I got to try one, which was very nice.

‘The Super Formula car, they’re very nice, and it’s the fastest car below F1, so they look great.

‘I like to watch it [IndyCar]. I’ve a lot of respect for what they do, but I don’t think I’m participating.’

The 2024 F1 season gets underway on 2nd March with the Bahrain Grand Prix.


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