Fernando Alonso is ready and willing for the challenge of the Le Mans 24 Hours. That much became clear long before he'd completed his final stint at the end of his run-out last weekend in the Daytona equivalent. Toyota's star signing for the 2018/19 World Endurance Championship superseason didn't look like a sportscar rookie.
It wasn't that he impressed in qualifying: he overachieved with a time less than a second off the pole at the wheel of the United Autosports Ligier-Gibson JSP217 he shared with Lando Norris and Phil Hanson. But would we have expected anything else of a two-time Formula 1 world champion who wrung the neck of an uncompetitive McLaren-Honda for three largely wasted seasons? Of course not.
Alonso wasn't at the Daytona 24 Hours to learn how to drive a racing car, even one with a roof over him and unpopular control tyres under him. He was there to get sportscar racing into his blood as he prepares to try to win Le Mans in his quest for the unofficial triple crown of motorsport.