McLaren and driver Fernando Alonso part ways

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to Auto Week, McLaren and driver Fernando Alonso are no longer together. The two sides have parted ways.

McLaren will look to field a new driver at future events. Alonso and McLaren failed to qualify for the 2019 Indy 500 in May.

Driver Fernando Alonso performs donuts on the pit straight during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix
Fernando Alonso performs donuts on the pit straight during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix (Getty Images)

The report suggests that the departure was amicable.

“Fernando, like all McLaren drivers past and present, will always be part of the McLaren family and we have a strong relationship with him,” the McLaren statement said. “We have no plans to run him in any further F1 test sessions this year, as our focus remains on both Carlos [Sainz] and Lando [Norris]. He is free to pursue other opportunities in motorsport and we would support him in doing so.”

Alonso stopped in F1 at the conclusion of the 2018 season. There was some belief that when he left the McLaren ride in F1, he would compete in IndyCar.

He had test sessions, before attempting to qualifying for the biggest race on the IndyCar calendar in May. Alonso was one of a few drivers, who did not qualify for the event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

In 2017, he was part of a McLaren-Andretti team that allowed him to compete in his first Indy 500. Alonso finished 24th after experiencing engine failure on lap 179.

While he is not competing in F1, he did test a 2019 F1 car in Bahrain.

He would like to compete in another Indy 500. However, he is not expected to compete in a full NTT IndyCar Series schedule.

No official announcement on his next plans have been made at this time.

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