In the round-up: Fernando Alonso explains why he was willing to take on a packed schedule of races in 2018 by competing in the Would Endurance Championship in addition to F1.

What they say

In response to a question from RaceFans, Alonso explained the appeal of WEC:

RF: Fernando about a year ago Liberty were talking about 25 races per year, you said it was too much, you weren’t it favour of it. Yet you’re now committing to Formula One and the [World Endurance Championship] super-season. Why the change in philosophy?

FA: Because they are fun races.

RF: And Formula One isn’t fun?

FA: Formula One is predictable, Formula One is demanding. Formula One is about constructors’ championship. There are different teams in different roles on the grid but there is not much more that the driver can do. That’s the sad thing, that’s probably why the tyres could be a factor. The tyres are very good this year, the tyres are performing better than ever, and maybe the tyre in a way is a solution. If you spread the compounds, make creativity into the strategy for the engineers maybe help the sport that at the moment is a little bit down.

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

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