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20th of February 2018

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Drivers blast WEC for changing schedule to accommodate Fernando Alonso

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What's good for Fernando Alonso is not necessarily good for the rest of the field in the World Endurance Championship. Other drivers have lashed out at a schedule change that means Fernando Alonso can now race in the entire WEC schedule for 2018.

Before the change of the WEC's 6 Hours of Fuji from Oct. 21 to Oct. 14, the McLaren F1 driver l was planning to skip the Fuji round of the WEC due to a scedule conflict with the Oct. 21 U.S. Grand Prix at Austin, Texas. However, WEC organizers have now moved the Fuji date -- making it clash instead with races (including the IMSA Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta) that affect other drivers.

Fernandomania: WEC changes schedule to make room forFernando Alonso

"It's a shame that a race is changed for one driver when the change hurts so many other drivers who have contracts in place," Alonso's former teammate Jenson Button, now a Super GT driver in Japan, said on Twitter.

Sports car driver Olivier Pla added: "Many thanks WEC, your lack of consideration and respect for the drivers who had a contract the same weekend is unbelievable. I'm sure I will be not the only one to be (not) impressed with what you did."

And Andre Lotterer said: "Wouldn't it have been a lot easier for everyone if Alonso would just miss a F1 race? Is that going to change much for him?"

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