Fernando Alonso’s lasting class lands WEC win and offers McLaren F1 hope | Giles Richards

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The Spaniard has been in fine form in both the World Endurance Championship and F1 this season, but goes to Barcelona needing McLaren to give him the tools for the job

Fernando Alonso finally made it back to the top step of the podium last weekend when he, alongside his Toyota team-mates Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima, took victory in the first round of this year’s World Endurance Championship at Spa. It has been some time in coming. This was the 36-year old’s first win since 2013, when he took the flag for Ferrari at the Spanish Grand Prix, and it would have taken a hard heart not to empathise with the evident pleasure he felt at being back where he belongs.

The victory augurs well for his attempt to win Le Mans next month, as do his performances this season in Formula One. The two-times world champion is showing every sign of being reinvigorated but, back in the day job at Barcelona this weekend, he needs McLaren to give him the car he so desperately wants.

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