Dakar Rally 1st Stage: Fernando Alonso “On Tiptoes”

F1 Champion Fernando Alonso
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Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso drove “on tiptoes” on his first Dakar Rally stage, and plans to keep pacing himself until the event’s traffic “jungle” clears up. Alonso, who is partnered by co-driver Marc Coma in a Toyota Hilux, finished 11th-fastest on the near-200-mile opening stage of the Saudi Arabia-based rally.

“The idea is to do these first few stages on tiptoes, without any excesses or doing anything strange, just trying to learn more about the race while we are in it and get to know the car and the terrain a bit better.” said Alonso.

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Speaking about his five-time Dakar Rally champion co-driver, Alonso said he and Coma were still in the “honeymoon” phase.


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