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Alonso sitting out post Spain GP test

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Spaniard returns for his home Grand Prix this weekend after winning on his World Endurance Championship debut.

As Fernando Alonso splits his time in 2018 between F1 and Le Mans, following McLaren has just announced that Stoffel Vandoorne, Lando Norris and Oliver Turvey will drive in Barcelona for the F1 test following the Spanish grand prix.

Alonso told AS newspaper: “We discussed the test calendar in February, and they asked me if I wanted to do the one after the grand prix in Barcelona.

“I said no, and that means more rest, yes, but even if I wasn’t doing the WEC, I probably would be at home anyway,” he added.

Alonso hopes that the grid-wide upgrades planned for Sunday’s race do not work out for their rivals as much as they do for the Woking-based team – or else risk falling even further behind.

“In Barcelona there is a new aero package coming, but I think 95 per cent of the paddock is bringing a new aero package to Barcelona,” Alonso said after his WEC triumph at the weekend.

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