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In Competition: Formula 1 the Dakar: What pilots threw themselves into the adventure before Fernando Alonso?

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Fernando Alonso is already having a as a pilot and Toyota, both in the circuits of the Endurance World as outside of them as you could see in the presentation of the Toyota Supra in Detroit. The spaniard seems that is taking a little further its relationship with the asian manufacturer and if first reports are true and they are not twisted, it will not be surprising that we see the champion of the World of Formula 1 at the wheel of other mounts from Toyota GAZOO Racing beyond the TS050 LMP1 Hybrid, including the Toyota Hilux V8 4×4.

Now that there is talk that Fernando Alonso could complete a program with several rally-raids and low to prepare their participation in the Dakar Rally 2020, it is a good time to take a look at the history of the race, organized by ASO and created by Thierry Sabine (the Monday we met 33 years of his death) to see which pilots of the Formula 1 can serve as an example and inspiration to the winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2018 with Toyota.

In a race that is able to combine under the same bivouac, the nine times Champion of the WRC, an olympic medalist in shooting, a French pilot of the Tourist Trophy of the Isle of Man and Monsieur Dakar, makes clear that the convening power of the Dakar Rally remains virtually intact despite the passage of the years. If in the edition of 2018 as we review some of the names of the personalities who have faced the adventure of the desert in different periods, now seems a good time to look back and see who changed the circuits of the category ” queen of the arena, if it was only for two weeks.

Ickx and jean-louis Schlesser the ex-F1 that won the Dakar:

Obviously at this point stands out the name of Jacky Ickx, already integrated in our Top 10 of the apparitions most interesting pilots of Formula 1 on asset in other categories or disciplines of the engine. The belgian driver took victory in the 1983 edition, and subsequently to try several times integrated within the structure of the Peugeot, finishing second in 1986 and 1989, yes, this last is the famous 10 francs Jean Todt gave the victory to Ari Vatanen. Jean-Louis Schlesser (became the reserve driver for Williams and to substitute for Nigel Mansell in the GP of Italy in 1987) was known for their buggies and get the last two wins of a team with this type of vehicle, in 1999 and 2000, before your former spouse, Jutta Kleinschmidt is clinched with the victory a year later. Now is the straight stroke of the Africa Eco Race.

Henri Pescarolo was one of those who had a relationship longer with the rally-raid is more famous in the planet. His first participation dates back to 1980, on this occasion making assistance project Vespa with one of the Land Rover. He finished 44th in the general, but by then she had fallen in love with the desert. In 1985 he would return again, but in this case, with a leading role in the race. Their units were fraught with mechanical problems, including 1986, when a fire on your Land Rover only allowed him to travel fifteen kilometres.

In 1988, Peugeot the portfolio for that pilotara one of the 405 Grand Raid. Could not compete for the victory after a penalty of 10 hours and an accident during one of the stages. Despite this, Pescarolo completed a great comeback until the 18th final position, getting up to three stage wins. It would be one of the few exceptions to Henri, which he accumulated many dropouts in his time as a pilot of off-road. The French saw very few times as the Lake Rose in Dakar, although his persistence was commendable, even through their own projects. Le Mans winner, team leader and builder, Henri Pescarolo was a model for many riders of the eighties and nineties.

Patrick Tambay competed in several editions, getting to finish third on two occasions, in 1988 and 1989, driving a Range Rover and one of the Mitsubishi official, although it is true that the father of Adrien Tambay will be remembered more for its mishaps in the Dakar. Especially in 1990, when it flipped over in the prologue and then ripped a wheel of his 4×4 in the first stage. Jean-Pierre Jaussaud took the lowest place of the podium in 1982 with a Mercedes G-Class, although in your case your Formula 1 race boils down to a race not scoring for the championship of the world. Jochen Mass finished his career in the Great Circus and decided to compete in 1984 in the Paris-Dakar rally with a Mercedes-Benz 500 SLC in a chapter of its long-standing relationship with the signing of the star. A year later I would be at the wheel of a Porsche 959, one of the first bounce after an accident with several turns of bell.

Not only the French, competed in the Dakar Rally:

The French obviously are legion in that to change the asphalt of the circuit of Formula 1 for the sand of the desert, something that enables us to complete the long list with names like Jean-Pierre Larrousse (ran on one of the occasions with a Lada Niva with the singer Michel Sardou as co-pilot), Patrick Gaillard, Jean-Pierre Jarier or Jacques Laffite. It should be noted that this last came to compete on two wheels on more than one occasion, the last of them forming a team with your fellow countryman, Philippe Alliot, driver of the we already talked about few months ago and we also ran with one of the Nissan Terrano in the team Dessoude. François Migault, who passed away in the year 2012, we also embarked on the venture after passing unnoticed in F1 with his step by BRM. He played several editions of the test, in this case with suvs from Mercedes.

But not all ex-Formula 1 drivers who have gone through the Dakar are French. Jan Lammers won the Dakar up to seven times in trucks, in this case being one of the representatives of team Ginaf. Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Dutch met with a project that could not carry out Jos Verstappen, which attempted to participate in the 2012 edition with a DAF truck with the colors of the brand of supermarket JUMBO. The father of Max Verstappen finally could not carry out after not being granted a driver’s license in time for the test. Alessandro Caffi, who played 56 career in Formula 1, competed that same year, with a FIAT as part of a particular campaign to raise funds against the use of drugs and alcohol, repeating partition already in 2013 with a Unimog.

Vic Elford finished his sporting career competing in the rally-raid africa after having developed much of the same in the rally, something that add-on competing in some Great Awards with Cooper, Antique and BRM. Its name was changed to the history of the off-road to be Champion of Europe Rally championship with Porsche, and for being the winner of the first race of rallycross official until the date in 1967 in the Circuit of Lydden Hill and also behind the wheel of a nine-eleven. Le Mans, 500 Miles of Daytona, 24 Hours of Daytona, 24 Hours of Nürburgring, Targa Florio… The Dakar could not miss either in the list of the british.

Perhaps the story’s most curious to us puts Hans Heyer, the participant who snuck into a race of the Formula 1, despite having failed to qualify for the same. After being disqualified, Mönchengladbach would have a long career in touring car circuits and in addition would be encouraged to compete in the Paris-Dakar rally, getting the victory with the trucks more than 10 tons with a MAN. The other example more curious what puts the rider of the Grand Prix of the 50’s, Maurice Trintignant, who returned to competition at the beginning of the decade of the eighties to compete in a Toyota BJ in Dakar, which by that time had just been rolling.

Of Ukyo Katayama is not the first time that we talked. The japanese, in addition to play six seasons in the World of Formula 1 also showed a great addiction to the adventure. Obviously could not miss his participation in the Dakar Rally, something that he did in the years 2002, 2005 and 2007. Tried to be back in the year 2008, in this case with the support of Yokohama and at the wheel of a Toyota powered by bio-diesel, in this case one that came from the refining of oil to make tempura. As all will recall, this edition was cancelled because of the terrorist threat, the year in which Tiago Monteiro had planned to participate taking advantage of starting in Lisbon. Only a few months later of his last participation in 2009, the japanese would have to be rescued in the Mount Fuji in an expedition in which died his two companions.

Paul Belmondo (also known for being the son of Jean-Paul Belmondo and the boyfriend of the Princess Stefania de Monaco), is the next of the list, which held for the final time in a test in 2006 with a Nissan Pathfinder. Unfortunately, the previous example leads us back only a year before, edition the that Clay Regazzoni would compete for the last time at the wheel of a truck next to Stefano Venturino, president of Guidosimplex, the company controls adapted to also trust currently Albert Llovera. The swiss was contesting his first Dakar rally in 1986 with a IVECO adapted to their physical limitations.

Among the exceptions, René Metge not competed ever in Formula 1, but has the honor of being the pilot from the circuits with more successes in the Dakar, specifically three victories in the car. If you are wondering, yes, Rene has a kinship with the motards current official team Sherco, specifically, is the uncle of Michael and Adrien. Philippe Gache also can boast of having competed in the Indy 500, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and have made some persuasive performances in the Dakar Rally.

What is Eliseo Salazar in the that has been set by Alonso?

If you finally, Fernando Alonso is in the next Dakar Rally 2020 will be the first pilot of Formula 1 that accepts the challenge from Eliseo Salazar, who competed in the years 2009 and 2011. Curiously, the chilean has the record to have been the only driver to have participated in the Indianapolis 500, the Monaco Grand Prix of Formula 1, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Dakar Rally and only a few months later, his first appointment in the Championship of the World Rally championship. You can be the referent of the perfect Fernando Alonso, who already has completed three of five.

Who knows if in the not too distant future also we see David Coulthard, which was able to prove recently the sensation of driving one of the trucks of KAMAZ-Master on the snow, something that they also had the opportunity to make Nasser Al-Attiyah or the motorcycle rider, Guy Martin.

Read below: Nasser Al-Attiyah judgment of the Dakar Rally 2019 in a day to forget Loeb, Sainz and Peterhansel

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