Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso could be set to race in the same team at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the future according to the Red Bull driver.
The Formula 1 world champions said they’re both keen on the idea of partnering up, according to Verstappen. The 2023 world champion also said they will need a third driver to compensate for the Dutchman’s extra weight over the Spaniard.
The race in France is one of the most prestigious events in motorsport and forms part of the ‘Triple Crown’ consisting of winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Indianapolis 500 and Monaco Grand Prix.
Alonso has previously tried to complete the feat. He won the Monaco GP in 2006 and 2007, 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2018 and 2019 but came up short in the 2017 Indy 500 when his car failed with 21 laps to go, after he led 27 laps on his debut.
“I’ve been speaking to Fernando about it,” Verstappen said at the Honda Racing Thanks Day. “He’s said he would only want to do it again with me. So, I said it would be really cool.
“The only thing is that for Le Mans, it is the weight of the driver. I’m quite a heavy driver, so I’d need to find light team-mates to compensate.
“Fernando is quite light, so it would be quite good. I just need to find another one, so I need to have a look.”
Will Verstappen try the Triple Crown?
The 24 Hours of Le Mans is part of the World Endurance Championship which features a series of races running from a range of six hours to 24 hours, appearing at tracks such as Spa-Francorchamps, Imola and Fuji.
Verstappen is a fan of several series such as MotoGP, Super GT and Super Formula and has made it no secret that he is happy to walk away from F1 if he no longer finds himself enjoying the sport.
With him keen on the idea of Le Mans, it’s unlikely the Dutchman would also enter the Indy 500 to complete the Triple Crown, so far only only achieved by Graham Hill.
“I love to watch [IndyCar],” Verstappen said to NBC Sports. “It’s a little bit different to F1, but I think that’s also nice and makes it very interesting to watch.
“From my side, I’m of course happy to be in F1, because I’m not personally a big fan of ovals. The street tracks and road courses are good, but no, I would not be a big fan of oval racing myself.
“It’s just the risk of a big crash is big. I know in Formula 1 there also is risk of an impact, but when you hit a certain wall with 200+ mph, it’s not enjoyable.”