McLaren Honda’s Fernando Alonso has said that he will use the current Formula One summer break to decide his future motorsport plans with a decision coming in September. The double world champion has endured a tough three years since returning to McLaren to partner Jenson Button ahead of the 2015 season.
The Spaniard who recently turned 36 has a number of options on the table for 2018. The big one is the possibility of racing in the Verizon IndyCar Series full-time.
It’s no secret that Alonso has said that his aim is remain in Formula One in a competitive car however if that is not possible he would easily find a competitive car in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Alonso and McLaren teamed up with Andretti Autosport in May for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil where he qualified in fifth place and was extremely competitive throughout the race and was challenging for the victory up until his retire 20 laps from the end of the event.
Alonso was a fan favourite among the supporters of the Verizon IndyCar Series and was extremely engaging with fans and the media alike.
If Alonso does decide to move to the Verizon IndyCar Series full-time in 2018 he not only would get a second chance at the triple crown but he could also potentially end up with a Chevrolet powered team as he would no longer have ties with Honda.
On a wider scale when it comes to funding a full time entry for Alonso there would be plenty of sponsors who would come on board which would not only be beneficial to the team that he joins but also the sport as a whole.
Paddock Eye understands that there are number of teams interested in signing Alonso full-time in the Verizon IndyCar Series for 2018.