McLaren denies it blocked Alonso's Le Mans debut

The McLaren Formula 1 team has rubbished reports that it banned Fernando Alonso from racing in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Alonso was linked to a drive with Porsche at Le Mans last year, joining fellow Formula 1 racer Nico Hulkenberg and his friend Mark Webber in the historic endurance race.

Speculation was rife in Spanish and Finnish media this week, with reports claiming McLaren had stopped Alonso's debut at Le Mans after the heavy crash suffered by Australian Webber at the wheel of the Porsche at Interlagos last year.

Spanish daily Marca, meanwhile, claims a phantom scheduling clash late last year scuppered Alonso's Le Mans deal, when the now-defunct Korean Grand Prix was initially scheduled to take place this first weekend in May.

But McLaren has denied there was any truth in those stories, saying the decision not to race at Le Mans was taken also by Alonso himself.

"The decision for Fernando not to race at Le Mans was taken mutually by us at McLaren and Fernando himself," a McLaren spokesman said.

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Series WEC
Drivers Fernando Alonso
Teams McLaren
Article type Breaking news