Fernando Alonso has dismissed plans for a full assault on the 2020 IndyCar season, but admits a return to the Indy 500 is very much on the cards.
Having suffered the embarrassment of failing to qualify for this years Indy 500 despite an outstanding debut in the big race back in 2017, Fernando Alonso has been quick to rule out the rumours that a full tilt at the 2020 IndyCar series is on the cards when he ends his World Endurance Championship commitments at the season closing Le Mans 24 Hours later this month.
“If I do Indy, it will just be that race. The whole season is too much of a commitment with all the races and the preparation.” said the double F1 World Champion to the Speedweek publication.
“If you join the series, then its to drive for the title, not to be a tourist. And for the title fight, you need a lot of time, a lot of preparation. In addition, many new areas to learn. This would be too much,”Alonso has been very clear that he holds ambitions to win the motorsport 'triple crown' of Indy 500, Le Mans 24 Hour and Monaco race victories, and following what was quite frankly an embarrassing effort from his McLaren team this season, Alonso is quite clear that looking for a competitive drive outside of his current employer is certainly an option for next year, even if it is just for the big race in May:
" I have to see what options are available. If I do Indy again, I’ll look at the options and then choose the most competitive one.” added the Spaniard.With Alonso still contractually tied to McLaren in his ambassadorial role, and with the British team making plenty of noise about their ambitions to look at other championships such as IndyCar and endurance racing alongside their Formula One commitments, Alonso's comments will certainly act as a much needed encouragement to the outfit that they need to start performing if they hope to retain the drivers commitment in future ventures beyond the failed Indy 500.
Alonso looks to be a strong favourite to add the 2018-19 WEC 'Super Season' championship to his 2018 Le Mans 24 Hour race victory later this month, and has already confirmed he will be stepping down from the Toyota team at the conclusion of LM24 - adding plenty of intrigue regarding what his plans are for the remainder of 2019 and beyond.
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