Alonso rules out contesting full 2020 IndyCar season

Gary Watkins

The two-time Formula 1 world champion has revealed that, if he returns to the Indianapolis 500 in 2020 after his failure to qualify this year with McLaren, it will again be as a one-off. 

He had previously stated that a full-season in the IndyCar Series was an option for next year, but he has now explained that he is not ready to make the commitment to do the full championship. 

"If I do Indy, a one-off will be the approach again," he said. "To do the full season at the moment is too much of a commitment in terms of races.

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"If you go there you should be in contention; you are not a tourist."

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Brown: McLaren Indy project doesn't depend on Alonso

McLaren CEO Zak Brown has stressed that the company’s future involvement in the Indy 500 is not tied to a decision by Alonso to continue with the team.

“We were never doing Indianapolis for Fernando,” said Brown. “I think it would be a great story to win it with him, having won Monaco with him.

"Maybe in the future we’ll go racing in France [in the Le Mans 24 Hours] together, but for sure, McLaren has been around a long time, going to be around a long time, long after Fernando stops driving.

“So whether Fernando wanted to drive for us or not wouldn't drive our decision on whether we go back to Indy or not.”

Brown was also eager to point out that this year’s frustrating Indy experience has not harmed Alonso’s relationship with McLaren.

“We have a great relationship with Fernando," he said. "He’s had lots of highs and lows with us – probably arguably the more lows the last three, four seasons – and he really enjoys McLaren. McLaren enjoys him.

“He saw how close we got to making the show, and the effort we put in. So I think we're all disappointed, but it won't change the relationship between Fernando and McLaren.”

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