Two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso sparked his team to victory Sunday in the rain-hit 24 Hours of Daytona.
The 37-year-old added the epic US endurance event to a list of career achievements that includes 32 F1 race wins and world titles in 2005 and 2006.
“Amazing. Just an amazing experience from the test and perfect execution for the race,” Alonso said. “We were competitive in everything – dry, wet, night, day.”
Alonso got his first taste of endurance racing last year at Daytona, struggling with mechanical problems to finish 38th overall, but he went on to win last year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.
This year, Alonso drove the winning car into Daytona’s Victory Lane, celebrated with a Spanish flag draped over his shoulders and pondered where the victory fits among his career highlights.
“I think it will rank very high,” Alonso said. “To win endurance races in iconic places like Daytona is great. I haven’t been doing this very long. I’ve been in the right place at the right moment so I’m happy for that.”
Formula E driver Antonio Felix Da Costa says the feelgood factor in the paddock has helped him out of the doldrums and back into form after a four-year winless drought.
The Portuguese driver claimed his first victory since January 2015 at the season opener in Saudi Arabia in December and is targeting further success in 2019.
Da Costa held off defending champion Jean-Eric Vergne to take the checkered flag in Riyadh and clinch just the second victory of his career.
“It has been nice because a lot of people who are there with me have struggled like I have,” Da Costa told CNN ahead of the season’s second race in Marrakesh earlier this month.
“We’ve all been through these tough times — it’s not easy when you have two years of no good results and you stlil get along well and keep the friendships and working methods going
“I was pleased for myself but also the team around me. I saw some tears from some of the old boys.”
For Costa, the victory brought an end to a difficult four years in which he had often left the track frustrated after failing to secure a single victory since his triumph in Argentina.
The next race takes place in Chile’s capital Santiago on January 26.
Mick Schumacher, the son of seven-time world champion Michael, competed at the Race of Champions in Mexico at the weekend.
Schumacher impressed by winning eight times en route to clinching the Formula Three championship with a race to spare last year.
The new Ferrari academy driver competed alongside Sebastian Vettel for Germany, beating the four-time world champion to win the event.
Mattia Binotto, the new team principal for the Italian team, said: “For someone like me who has known him from birth, there’s no doubt that welcoming Mick into Ferrari has a special emotional meaning, but we have chosen him for his talent and the human and professional qualities that have already distinguished him despite his young age.”
Schumacher Jnr was skiing in the French Alps with his father when he fell in 2013.
Michael Schumacher, who won a record 91 grands prix and recently turned 50, is understood to be receiving round-the-clock care at his home in Switzerland, but no information has been made public about his medical condition. .