McLaren Forced To Change The Engine In The Back Up Car
McLaren Racing were forced to change Fernando Alonso’s Chevrolet engine on Wednesday night after the team discoverd the engine in his back up car was damaged.
The team were unable to retire his primary car following his crash earlier this week.
The double Formula One world champion was not out on track on Thursday but the team expect to run a full programme today (Fast Friday).
Speaking following Thursday’s action McLaren Racing Sporting Director Gil De Ferran said:
Yesterday the team reviewed the damage and we took the decision to change to the backup car. During that process last night, it also transpired that we had damaged the engine and that resulted in an engine change that added an additional workload. While we have a number of experienced individuals in the team, we are still relatively new as a crew. Because of this and the fact that we have deep respect for Indianapolis, we are being careful and measured in our approach and want to ensure we’re sending the best possible car out on track. Not running today was a serious setback to our Indy 500 program, but all is not lost. We should have a full day of practice and preparations for qualifying tomorrow and our goal will be to have a nice, clean day.”