Cape Town – Zak Brown has revealed that Fernando Alonso has yet to
commit his future to Formula 1 or IndyCar but feels if McLaren can get it right
in F1, that’s his first choice.
As McLaren once again fail to produce the results that
Alonso expects, the double World Champion has been linked to a move away from
Formula 1 and to IndyCar in American.
The Spaniard, who contested the 2017 Indianapolis 500, is a
fan of the series and enjoys the close racing.
However, for now at least, Alonso has yet to decide where he
will be in 2019.
“He’s very interested (in IndyCar),” Brown said in
an interview with the Indianpolis Star.
“He likes the series but hasn’t decided yet what he
wants to do as it relates to Formula One.
“He thinks it (IndyCar) is great racing. He loves the
Indy 500. So I think he very much enjoyed that experience. He’s a racer. He
likes to race.
“I think winning not only the Triple Crown but all
three series (Formula One, IndyCar, WEC), he probably finds intriguing. And he
likes the racing in IndyCar. It’s extremely competitive. And he likes America,
so I know it’s something he would consider.”
Brown, though, reckons if McLaren can get their act together
in Formula 1, that remains Alonso’s number one choice.
“I think if we were more competitive, he’d definitely
want to stay in Formula One.
“He’s talked about his frustrations about being in a
manufacturers’ championship as opposed to a drivers’ championship. If you look
at the race results, it’s probably a fairly fair statement.
“He likes to challenge himself. And racing the Indy 500
and/or IndyCar might compel him.”
As for McLaren’s future in IndyCar, Brown says they are
still considering it despite Michael Andretti saying they are running out of
The McLaren CEO also revealed that Andretti Autosport are
not McLaren’s only option for a partner should they decide to field an entry in
next year’s championship.
“I hadn’t heard that he put a date out there,”
Brown said. “Also, that’s Michael’s date.
“That assumes, which everyone does, that we’re going
with Michael. And we very well might, but he’s not our only option.
“But I hadn’t heard any firm date. At the end of the
day, we know we have to make a decision here soon or you technically run out of
time to be properly prepared. So we are going to have to make a decision
According to the Indianapolis Star, McLaren have also been
in talks with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing but neither would confirm the