The first practice of the 6 Hours of Spa left the two Toyota in front and the Spaniard with the best lap of the morning.
Fernando Alonso first, as in the old days, in a competition that is new. But it will not be so easy, because the initial free practice of the 6 Hours of Spa also confirms that there will be battle between the LMP1, that there is not much difference between Toyota and all the others, even though the two cars of the Japanese team have dominated the first classification table of the season.
In the lead, with the fastest time of the day, an Asturian. Stopped the clock at 1: 58.392 in his first stint with the TS050 Hybrid, before he had climbed Buemi to car number eight and then did Nakajima, completed 35 laps between the three but neither lowered the fast lap of Alonso. It is always better to start in front. And two tenths of the other Toyota teammates (Conway, Kobayashi and Lopez), who from now on will be the main rival of Fernando for the victory at Spa-Francorchamps.
The main concern for the Japanese firm is that the first non-private LMP1, the Rebellion (Beche, Laurent and Menezes), finished less than half a second behind Alonso. They are cars with less performance than the Toyota hybrid, but more top speed in a circuit in which the average per lap exceeds 210 kilometers per hour. This layout of the forests of the Ardennes bears more than one resemblance to the La Sarthe track in Le Mans. In fact Spa has never won Alonso as a Formula 1 driver. Maybe the WEC will also change that stat …