January 2020 will mark another new adventure for racing legend Fernando Alonso. The double F1 world champion, who has since added an array of titles in sportscars since his final grand prix in 2018, will embark on his first assault on the famous Dakar Rally with Toyota Gazoo Racing.
This is the latest in a long list of objectives for Alonso, who has claimed a World Endurance Championship title, two Le Mans 24 Hour race wins and victory in the Daytona 24 Hours.
Alongside fellow Spaniard Marc Coma, himself a Dakar veteran on two wheels, Alonso is doing what no other driver in the world is doing at the moment, which is trying as many forms of motorsport as he can to become an all-rounder to make history.
Of course, the Dakar Rally is not for the faint-hearted and even the most competent of cross-country rally drivers can – and regularly do – slip up in the most demanding conditions in the world. This will not be an easy task, even for someone as naturally talented and hard working as Alonso.