McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown says he thinks it’s great to have Fernando Alonso back competing in the Indianapolis 500.
The Spaniard returns to the Brickyard this year for the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge which takes place next weekend at fhe Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Alonso joins rookies Pato O’Ward and Oliver Askew for the race, which the Spaniard revealed will be his last attempt at winning the event at least for the next two years as he returns to Formula One with the Renault F1 Team in 2021.
Speaking to Paddock Eye durong a Zoom media conference call on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday’s opening practice, Brown spoke about the benefits of having Alonsi in the car alongside Askew and O’Ward:
Yeah, I think it’s great to have him back. While he doesn’t have a tremendous amount of experience around Indianapolis, he has a tremendous amount of experience, as we’ve been speaking about, his approach to a race weekend.
I think what Oliver and Pato will learn from Fernando is how he approaches a race. I’m sure they’ll learn something about Indianapolis itself, but it will be more of his experience of what a two-time world champion and all the things he’s accomplished, how he approaches a race weekend.
Our rookies are rookies. The more experience they can get, the better. So I think the combination of the driver lineup, plus their speed and competitiveness, should make it exciting. Looking forward to Taylor and Gil and the whole team putting these three cars out there this week