Double Formula One champion Fernando Alonso has confirmed that although he is set 5o compete in both the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge later this summer with Arrow McLaren SP he will not be competing full time in the NTT IndyCar Series full time in 2021 due to concerns he has over oval racing.
The Spaniard did not elaborate on his plans for 2021 however, Paddock Eye understands that some sort of NTT IndyCar Series programme will be part of his year given that McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown has confirmed he has held talks with Alonso and former McLaren F1 driver Jenson Button and Seven time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson about the trio competing in the NTT IndyCar Series in a third Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet which could see Alonso join Oliver Askew and Patricio O’Ward for events such as the Circuit of the Americas or Barber Motorsports Park.
Alonso who has taken victory in the 24 Hours of LeMans with Toyota Gazoo Racing, along with victory in the World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Daytona entered this years Dakar Rally.
The COVID 19 global pandemic have put the world on lockdown and motorsport is not immune with races been cancelled and postponed and held behind closed doors meaning that if he does 4ace at all this year it may just be in Indy.
Alonso could potentially be interested in the new Extreme E championship given that Andretti Autosport who he raced for in partnership with McLaren in 2017 at the Indianapolis 500 have a team in the all electric SUV Endurance series.
Alonso has also ruled a return to Formula One in 2021, the Spaniard had previously said that he would possibly consider returning to the sport next season however with the regulation changes being postponed until 2022 due to COVID 19 that is no longer an option for the former McLaren driver.