Pedro de la Rosa and the promise to David Vidales, co Fernando Alonso

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Barely two weeks have passed since the end of the Formula 1 season in Abu Dhabi, but Fernando Alonso has already begun his preparation for a 2018 could be the year’s busiest of his career at that time on track is concerned. As had been concocting lies since he announced his debut on resistance of high competition at the 24 hours of Daytona on January 27, the pilot spaniard has confirmed that he will participate this Friday, December 15, in the 24 hour Dubai karting, a test that has become one of the landmark events of the world since its first edition in 2005.

Alonso will compete with the help of a computer surrounded by familiar faces for him. Two of his classmates are, in fact, old known to the Spanish fans, starting with Pedro Martínez de la Rosa, the Catalan driver is 47 years old achieved a podium in Formula 1, and played 104 Great Prizes with Arrows, Jaguar, McLaren, Sauber and HRT, and that, since the demise of the Spanish team at the end of 2012, has focused his activity in his television work of the year, in addition to some test.

Next to them, you will be Angel Burgueño, once a rival of Alonso in the Euro Open by Nissan that won the spaniard (finished fourth that year). After several years in the category, in which he was runner-up in 1998 and fifth in the first year of the World Series by Nissan in 2001, the pilot in madrid to let the single-seaters in 2004, being champion of Spain of GTs and the runner-up of the class LMP2 in the Le Mans Series. Since 2009, Burgueño, 44 years, is mainly dedicated to the management of your karting center in the north of Madrid.

karting comes out, precisely, another of the components of the computer, David Vidales. The young rider of leon, just 15 years, is one of the biggest stars in the scene of the karting world, after being runner-up world junior championship in 2016 behind the French Victor Martins, and repeat position in the absolute World this year after the british Danny Keirle. The Ferrari Driver Academy gave her the opportunity to test a Formula 4 to the end of last year, and has become a good friend of Alonso from the world champion he was observed making his runner-up position in world in England in the past month of September.

The team will be completed by the one who is probably the closest friend in the closed circle personal life of Fernando Alonso. Nicknamed “Galle”, Alberto already formed part of your team of go-karts when Alonso made a little-publicized first participation in the race to Dubai three years ago, after leaving Ferrari. Among the components of the computer, in addition to a second friend of Alonso’s, were his engineer at the Scuderia, Andrea Stella, and its future companion Stoffel Vandoorne, who came runner-up in GP2 in his second year as a pilot McLaren. On that occasion, the team finished in eleventh position.

Alonso may well not be the only driver of reputation in this test, which tends to attract the participation of other professional pilots who prefer to spend more unnoticed, in large part due to the specialization of the teams and drivers already established, that tend to monopolize the top positions. This event has several unique challenges for the teams, who are not allowed to bring their own karts. The organization’s shared between all the participants through a draw and, once awarded, these cannot be modified, to ensure the maximum equality possible. The work of the teams, therefore, is reduced to strategies, to prepare the pit stops and, mainly, to try to be faster than the opponent on the track.