Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso could drive for Toyota at next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, according to a report by The Spaniard confirmed he would remain with McLaren for the 2018 F1 season, and is set to race at the Daytona 24 Hours in January 2018.

Alonso is rumoured to have visited the Toyota Motorsport GmbH factory in Cologne for a seat fitting, and is close to securing a deal to drive a Toyota TS050 Hybrid in the Bahrain test on November 19. The 2005 and 2006 champion has expressed his interest in securing the Triple Crown — the Monaco Grand Prix, Le Mans and the Indianapolis 500 — a feat achieved by the late Graham Hill.

“We are always interested in talking to top drivers and Pascal [Vasselon, TMG technical director] has a good relationship with Fernando going back to his days with Michelin in F1,” said Rob Leupen, team director at Toyota Motorsport GmbH.

The 2018 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will take place between June 17 and 18, occupying the free space between the Canadian Grand Prix (June 10) and the returning French Grand Prix (June 24). Alonso won’t be the only current F1 driver to have raced at the prestigious endurance race – Nico Hülkenberg drove for Porsche in 2015, winning on his first try alongside Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber.