Former F1 driver Marc Gene thinks Fernando Alonso can win next year’s Le Mans on debut. Although a deal is not yet done, Alonso’s test for the only remaining car manufacturer in the world endurance championship – Toyota – indicates that a 2018 seat is likely.

Asked if his fellow Spaniard can win Le Mans on debut, Gene told AS newspaper: “Of course. If it is next year, there is only Toyota as it is very difficult to win Le Mans as a private team. I think if Fernando only did this (Bahrain) test, with the level he drives at he would already be in a position to win,” former Williams driver Gene said.

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