Fernando Alonso, McLaren talking about returning to Indy 500 in 2018 and beyond
Fernando Alonso and McLaren are looking to return to the Indy 500 in the future.
Recently, the British team shocked the racing world by announcing that together with Andretti Autosport and Honda, Alonso will bid to win next month’s Indy 500 with a McLaren entry.
“I want to win the Triple Crown,” said Alonso, referring to his ambition to also add a 24 Hours of Le Mans win to his former Monaco triumph. “If I don’t do it (win at Indy) this year, I will have to do it next year.”
And American Zak Brown, the McLaren executive who replaced Ron Dennis, confirmed that the marque would also like to go back to Indy beyond 2017.
“I’d like to see McLaren here on a more regular basis,” he said. “Would we do it with Fernando again? Absolutely.”
Fernando Alonso poses with the Borg-Warner Trophy in Indianapolis.
However, McLaren has taken criticism for allowing Alonso — its top driver — to skip F1’s marquee event at Monaco in order to race at Indy.
Brown responded: “All I can say is I hope we have the problem of Monaco and Indy in the same weekend (in the future) and we are fighting for the championship.”
Alonso will make his Indy test debut at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 3, just days after this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix.
He attended the Verizon IndyCar Series race in Alabama last weekend and this week had a seat fitting at Andretti’s team factory.
“Definitely busy weeks,” Alonso admitted. “There are so many things I have to learn and I am not ready yet, but I am confident I will be able to adapt as quick as I can.”