The news that Fernando Alonso will compete in the 101st running of Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next month should not be seen as a way to keep the Spaniard with the Formula One team.
The reason for this is that it was McLaren’s Zak Brown who approached Alonso about doing the Indy 500 together and not the other way round.
Alonso has made no secret of his desire to win the motorsport triple crown, the Monaco Grand Prix, the Indianapolis 500 and the LeMans 24 Hours.
We just have to look at the facts, Fernando Alonso joined McLaren from Ferrari ahead of the 2015 season and since joining the Woking based outfit the team have struggled for competitiveness and reliability.
Alonso is patient but he is a racer and has won 32 Grand Prix and two world championships. The Spaniard said himself thst he wants to be the best in the world and with the Verizon IndyCar Series he has been handed that opportunity.
Secondly McLaren have entered the Indianapolis 500 in a team partnership with Andretti Autosport and they would not have gone to the trouble of doing this without giving Alonso the option of racing in the Verizon IndyCar Series next season or in the near future. Alonso’s three year deal with the Formula One team expires at the end of 2017 however if things go well at the Indianapolis 500 and I see no reason why they won’t I can see Alonso making a full-time switch to the Verizon IndyCar Series next season.