The two-time Formula One champion played a win for Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac, which he shared with Rangers van der Zande, Jordan Taylor and Kamu Kobayashi, featuring the wet conditions that characterized the final part of the race. He had taken 55 seconds of the opposition in the early hours of the morning before the race was red for the first time and had just returned the lead from David Express Cadillac to Felipe Nasser when the action was halted for the second time with less than two hours remaining on the clock after Nasr came out on Turn 1.
Speaking after the race, Alonso said the deterioration in the second stop was such that he called for the race to be neutralized, before Nasser passed.
"I was calling many times when I was second on the radio that a safety car was needed," Alonso said. "The last five, seven laps of the race were not right for everyone on the road." The visibility was almost zero, we could not be equal and the car was moving, TC [traction control] came at sixth speed 200 km / h, there were parts of different cars in different parts of the track because people lost body here and there.
"I was calling the safety car team right away because I could not see anything. Felipe went a little longer in the first stage, we took the lead. At that moment we were just happy.
"I think the conditions were also good to stop the race before the seven laps, and at that point we were second."
Alonso and Taylor took the majority of the drivers both of them were driving for about seven hours, and Alonso returned to the wheel for the third time for the crucial final stage.
Taylor said the decision to put Alonso back in the car was done among all four WTR drivers and was based on his knowledge of the conditions of the track. "We knew it would be wet at the end, and Fernando was the only one he was driving," Taylor said. "So it was about the time to get it back with the four-hour [rule] you can drive only four hours every six hours.
talk about it to see who is most comfortable and confident. Fernando was the one who drove in wet conditions and was most comfortable and confident, so we called six or seven hours to go. "
Alonso added," My second term was exactly the moment it started raining, so I knew the conditions in which the standing water was on the way but I could not drive to the end.
"Another driver had to jump at this point to be able to rest for two hours, and Jordan has a lot of experience here in Daytona, he knew the runway in these conditions so the team decided to have Jordan and I for last [part of the race]. "
# 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. Cadillac DRI, RW: Ranger van der Zande, Jordan Taylor, Fernando Alonso, Camoui Kobayashi
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