Jimmie Johnson, Fernando Alonso discuss Bahrain ride swap

Published On November 9, 2018 | By John Haverlin | News, Top Posts

AVONDALE, Ariz. — Seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso spoke in the ISM Raceway Media Center to discuss their ride swap, which will take place in Bahrain later this month.

ESPN Albuquerque asked the two legendary drivers about the opinions of their colleagues. Johnson said many Cup drivers are jealous of his opportunity to drive the McLaren F1 car.

Alonso said that F1 might not be “up-to-date,” when compared to NASCAR’s championship format. NASCAR utilizes a playoff system that guarantees a champion will be crown on the last race of the year. In F1, Lewis Hamilton has clinched the driver’s title with Grands Prix remaining.

The car swap will take place on Nov. 26. Alan Gustafson will be the crew chief to join Johnson. It will take place the day after Alonso’s final career F1 event.

Photo: John Haverlin / ESPN Albuquerque

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