Alonso did "very well" in Toyota test, says Wurz

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By: Jonathan Noble
Nov 20, 2017, 12:21 PM

Former Le Mans winner and Toyota advisor Alex Wurz has praised the job that Fernando Alonso did in his WEC test in Bahrain on Sunday, having observed the world champion's progress up close.

#8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050-Hybrid: Fernando Alonso
#8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050-Hybrid: Fernando Alonso
#8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050-Hybrid: Fernando Alonso, Sébastien Buemi
#8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050-Hybrid: Fernando Alonso with Alex Wurz, Toyota Racing
#8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050-Hybrid: Fernando Alonso

Alonso completed more than 100 laps over the course of his rookie test, setting a best lap of 1m43.013s, which was just six tenths slower than Toyota regular Mike Conway managed in the sister car.

Wurz watched over Alonso's test from the Toyota garage and said he was impressed with how the two-time F1 world champion got to grips with the LMP1 car.

"I am a sportscar fan, so I am proud when professional drivers come to feel the excitement of these prototype cars," Wurz told Motorsport.com.

"Fernando is one of the best race drivers out there so, as you would expect, he did very well in the test.

"He adapted quickly to a rather unique driving style and gave some very good and structured feedback during the day."

Alonso was not tasked with going for quick laptimes, so Wurz said that judging the Spaniard's performance based on the end of day time sheets was impossible.

However, he was in no doubt that Alonso was bang on the pace.

"It is impossible to compare the details because we ran different programmes and the track temperatures were different," he said. "So all of that has an influence on the lap time.

"But you see that we are talking about some very close lap times between our regular drivers and our 'rookie'. So what I can say is that he did very well indeed, and it was very nice to work with him."

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