Alonso Named McLaren Racing Ambassador
McLaren Racing announced on Wednesday that former Formula One driver Fernando Alonso who retired from Formula One at the end of last season has been named a team ambassador.
The new role with see Alonso who will compete in the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on May 26 with McLaren will help the team to develop both the MCL34 and the 2020 MCL35.
Alonso will also test for the team. Speaking about the news, McLaren CEO Zak Brown said:
Fernando is part of the McLaren family. He has set his place in the team’s history and continues to write his chapter of the McLaren story, so it is entirely appropriate that we formalise his status as a McLaren ambassador, joining another double champion, Mika Häkkinen.
“For any race team, having someone of Fernando’s class on hand to provide support through his experience is of huge value. His insights and perspective will be welcomed by both our drivers and engineers alike, while his stature and character remain highly appealing to our partners and fans.”
Fernando Alonso said:
Becoming a McLaren ambassador is a true honour. It is a special team, and despite the challenges we have endured recently, it remains so. I said before I stopped racing in Formula 1 last year that I see myself with McLaren for a long-time to come, so I am delighted at this new role and the ability to stay closely involved with the team I feel is my spiritual home.
“We have the Indianapolis 500 in May of course, which I am looking forward to immensely, but this is just the beginning of many things we can do together. I am particularly passionate about nurturing young talent, whether that’s with my own team or helping the new generation of Formula 1 drivers at McLaren unlock their true potential. This is important to both the team and myself, so will be an especially rewarding part of my role.”