Video: Alonso raves over “rocket ship” Toyota in test

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Video: Alonso raves over “rocket ship” Toyota in test
Charles Bradley
By: Charles Bradley
Feb 9, 2018, 12:51 PM

Formula 1 star Fernando Alonso says the hybrid boost produced by his 1000bhp Toyota TS050 made it feel like a “rocket ship” after testing ahead of his FIA World Endurance Championship debut this year.

Alonso tried out the 2018-spec car for the first time in a three-day test at Aragon, immediately after contesting the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

“The car is just amazing, this machine is something very special,” said Alonso. “I think the four-wheel drive, together with the boost of the hybrid system makes the acceleration like a rocket ship.

“You go out of the corners and you feel the compression of the seat and your eyes are very wide open. Any racing driver should feel that, one time.

“I cannot wait until June, but I know that before that big event I need to do some tests, because you need to prepare for that race. You need to respect that race and I will try to do that.”

As well as 21 grands prix this year, Alonso is currently scheduled to compete in four WEC events including Le Mans – but will add another if the Fuji round is moved to avoid a clash with the United States Grand Prix

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Author Charles Bradley
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