Fernando Alonso's Indy 500 return won't impact McLaren F1 team

13 Novembre, 2018, 18:40 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Fernando Alonso's Indy 500 return won't impact McLaren F1 team

Fernando Alonso has checked off the first two, and now he's announced a fresh bid to win the third and become just the second driver in history to win the fabled Triple Crown.

Alonso missed the Monaco Grand Prix previous year to compete at Indianapolis, no great loss for him given McLaren's then woes with an uncompetitive Formula One auto and unreliable Honda engine.

The 37-year-old took part in the 2017 Indy 500, and was named Rookie of the Year despite being forced to retire with engine failure while sitting in seventh place.

The McLaren Racing IndyCar squad is expected to again use some Andretti support in 2019 but will be run with direct McLaren involvement and an expected Chevrolet engine deal. As well as winning the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix twice, he also won Le Mans this year on his debut for Toyota.

"We always had a desire to go as McLaren Racing, last time we did it at such short notice I think it would have been impossible - I think it was six weeks between announcing and racing - and you can't build a race team up that quickly".

"This will be done by McLaren Racing", he told Racer. "I had an incredible experience at Indianapolis in 2017 and I knew in my heart of hearts I had to go back if the opportunity was there". "This was always my first choice if the team chose to do it, so I'm delighted they have made a decision to go ahead".

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McLaren teamed up with Andretti Autopsort for the 2017 Indy 500, but the team said further details about Alonso's 2019 entry would folow in due course.

"We are relishing our return to the Brickyard and this incredible race", Brown said. We have the utmost respect for the race and our competitors.

He has endured a miserable second spell in F1 with McLaren since rejoining the team in 2015 from Ferrari, failing to post a podium finish in 76 races.

A new venture when the team is now struggling to up its Formula 1 game might seem as a distraction but Brown assured reporters that it would not be the case. But we're racers and that's why we race.

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