Zak Brown, Executive Director of McLaren and Fernando Alonso
The Formula 1 season has not started a very good start for Fernando Alonso. The Asturian driver has complained on several occasions that his car appears to be at the level that had been promised by McLaren-Honda engineers. This situation, for a pilot of his mastery, is overwhelming, not allow you to perform their skills on the track and how logical it should forget about winning races to concentrate on the regularity.
Despite Fernando Alonso can take thorn of Formula 1 passing, even just once, to another category of motor racing. The 500 miles of Indianapolis are an unavoidable appointment for all passionate about speed and after 38 years of absence, McLaren will be in it. Through a press release, McLaren announced his return to the IndyCar with Andretti Autosport and Honda team as a provider of engines.
McLaren returns to Indianapolis with Honda & Andretti Autosport. Fernando will drive in #Indy500: https://t.co/LLKMVlJfcc #McLarenIndy pic.twitter.com/2CSc3vnFHC
-McLaren (@McLarenF1) April 12, 2017
Team that will run in the Indianapolis 500 miles will be commanded by Michael Andretti, owner, founder and CEO of Andretti Autosport. However Fernando Alonso will not be alone, because it will have as companions to Hunter-Reay, Takuma Sato, Rossi, Marco Andretti, and the newcomer Jack Harvey. Together shared objective and ambitions because they must fly masterfully the Dallara W12, which mounted an engine Honda 2.2 litres in V6 configuration.
After hearing the news Fernando Alonso declared that “I am very excited to compete in the Indy 500 this year, with McLaren, Honda and Andretti Autosport” […] “The Indy 500 is one of the most famous races of the World calendar of motorsport, which rivals only the 24 hours of Le Mans and the Monaco Grand Prix”. The Asturian driver added that he felt not to compete this year in Monaco, but “will be the only Grand Prix of 2017 I will be missing, and I’ll be back for the Grand Prix of Canada in Montreal in early June”.
Exited. I love RACING. I’m just a RACER. Indy 500 here we come! #mclaren #honda #14 #f1 #indy pic.twitter.com/1LZ50FqSiC
-Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) April 12, 2017
Fernando Alonso showed cautious since “have never driven a car in IndyCar before, and I’ve not driven on a circuit of super speed, but I am sure that I will do it quickly.” I’ve seen much the IndyCar on television and online, and it is clear that requires great precision to compete very close to the other car to 354 km/h” […] That is why, “after the Grand Prix of Spain I’ll fly to Indianapolis to practice with McLaren-Honda-Andretti”.
However, Fernando Alonso hopes to win the Triple Crown and was wanting to maybe “I’ve twice won the Grand Prix of Monaco, and is one of my ambitions to win the Triple Crown (the Grand Prix of Monaco, the 500 miles of Indianapolis and the 24 hours of Le Mans), which has been achieved by a single pilot in the history of motor racing” “: Graham Hill”. […] “It is a difficult challenge, but I am willing to do so. I don’t know when I will compete at Le Mans, but someday I will try. I am only 35 years old: I have much time for that“.”
We’re going back to the #Indy500. Hear from Fernando and @ZBrownCEO on their excitement to go @IndyCar racing. #McLarenIndy pic.twitter.com/tiqonmYqyV
-McLaren (@McLarenF1) April 12, 2017
This new adventure is already official, as Fernando Alonso and Zak Brown, Chief Executive of McLaren and architect of McLaren back to the Indy, so have dramatised it in the official account of the British firm Twitter. Now we can only pay attention to the news that arise and how our pilot adapts to the Dallara W12. Workouts begin on May 15 and the race will be the 28th (day of the GP of Monaco) for what surely will have more headlines.
Source – McLaren