Fernando Alonso concluded in Namibia his first four-day major test with the Toyota Hilux to prepare for the Dakar 2020. The Asturian pilot, who completed 1,000 km of tests, was accompanied by Giniel de Villiers, who instructed him on how to face the dunes.
“They have been quite positive days, trying to learn everything we could do and absorb all the information that the team was giving me. It has been interesting to try to understand the dunes, and not only the dunes, but also normal terrain. Trying to learn from the car in every kilometer. There is a lot of work to do, but I think they have been positive days, ”he commented Fernando Alonso in statements provided by Toyota Gazoo Racing.
I am happy with my progress after this week of tests, and starting to understand driving in the dunes ”
The winning team of the Dakar 2019 confirmed that Alonso's intention is to prepare “for a possible participation in the Dakar 2020”. To do this, he conducted an initial test in March in South Africa, and now this one
.000 km in three days in Namibia
“I am happy with my progress after this week of tests, and starting to understand driving in the dunes. There is still much to be done. Thanks to Giniel I will still make more progress, ”he said Alonso. “It's about learning step by step, from scratch, in this new adventure. Try to be better every day. Right now there is a long way, we will go step by step, enjoying. ”
Flattery of your instructor
Fernando learns fast; if he continues to learn at this rate, I trust he will be able to take on the rigors of the Dakar Rally ”
For its part, Giniel de Villiers applauded the progress of the Asturian. “Fernando is a very fast learner, he is clearly a very talented driver. He has quickly adapted to the Hilux, and if he continues to learn at this rate, I trust he will be able to take on the rigors of the Dakar Rally. His professional approach to this project speaks of his discipline as a pilot. I hope to continue this journey with him. ”