Former Force India Team Principal Robert Fernley has been appointed by McLaren to oversee McLaren Racing’s Indianapolis 500 programme.

It was announced last weekend that Fernando Alonso and McLaren will return to the Indianapolis 500 in 2019 as McLaren Racing.

Speaking about his appointment, Fernley who will report directly to McLaren CEO Zak Brown said:

Heading back to The Brickyard will be a very special experience for me and I am proud to be leading this McLaren project and team,”

“The 500 is a hell of a challenge and we have incredibly strong competitors to overcome if we’re to be successful.

“We will need to prepare well for the month of May and that work starts now.”

McLaren CEO Zak Brown said he is delighted to have Fernley on board for the IndyCar programme:

Bob is a fantastic operator and someone I respect greatly.

“His experience and leadership will be essential for us on this project.

“He is particularly talented at putting effective teams together and extracting maximum performance with finite resources.

“The Indy 500 is no easy race and Bob’s is a key role, so I’m delighted he’s on board.”

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