Verstappen Discusses Potential Le Mans Collaboration with Alonso

Max Verstappen expresses a strong desire to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, revealing that Fernando Alonso is considering joining him.


By Ben Bush
Updated on March 8, 2024

Verstappen Potential Le Mans with Alonso

Max Verstappen has confirmed his strong interest in participating in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the future, and intriguingly, he has disclosed that Fernando Alonso might join him as a teammate for the event.

Currently committed to Formula 1 racing with Red Bull for the next five seasons, Verstappen has previously indicated his aspiration to take part in the renowned endurance race, a feat his father, Jos Verstappen, accomplished as an LMP2 class driver in 2008.

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During his recent attendance at the Honda Racing Thanks Day, an event showcasing a variety of single-seaters, sports cars, and motorcycles, Verstappen was questioned about the possibility of his involvement in racing disciplines beyond Formula 1.

“Le Mans I definitely would like to do,” he made clear. “I’ve been there already when my dad used to race and the atmosphere is amazing. It’s endurance, so many people, driving through the night, sunrise – I think it’s really cool.”

When asked about his ideal lineup for the race, Verstappen mentioned his Formula 1 colleague Alonso, a two-time Le Mans winner with Toyota in 2018 and 2019, as a part of his ‘dream team’ for the event. “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.

“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!”

Verstappen also took the opportunity to share his interest in other motorsport categories that he follows and talked about various vehicles from different racing series that he has had the chance to test drive in recent years.

“For sure, I would like to try a MotoGP bike,” he commented. “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.”

As for the possibility of participating in IndyCar and the Indianapolis 500, which, along with victories at Le Mans and the Monaco Grand Prix, constitute the prestigious ‘Triple Crown’, Verstappen commented: “I like to watch it. I’ve a lot of respect for what they do, but I don’t think I’m participating.”

In Formula 1, Verstappen is preparing for another championship defence during the 2024 season, aiming to secure his fourth consecutive drivers’ championship.

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