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Alonso doesn't think Indy 500 deal would've happened with Dennis around

  • Published on 13 Apr 2017 15:02
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Fernando Alonso does not think that his Indy 500 deal would not have happened if Ron Dennis was still the boss at McLaren. McLaren yesterday announced that the Spaniard would not be present at the Monaco Grand Prix due to a deal to race in the Indy 500.

Alonso reckons that Zak Brown has a much more overall view for motorsport than Ron Dennis, who liked to just stick with the McLaren brand in F1.

“I guess not," Alonso said when asked if the deal would have happened under Dennis' ruling. "I think Zak [Brown, McLaren CEO] is a man that has a bigger vision than other team principals or bosses that I’ve had.”

“He sees motorsport differently, he sees McLaren bigger, not only concentrated in Formula One. McLaren won Le Mans a couple of times, won the Indy 500 in the past as well a couple of times. He’s a true racer. It’s great that McLaren and Zak joined forces last year.”

Alonso said that despite McLaren's poor performances, the deal had nothing to do with that as he has been debating with himself since his Ferrari days about competing in a new category.

“This is something that I keep repeating from 2014, I remember being in Ferrari and talking about the possibility to [Marco] Mattiacci and people in Ferrari even racing 24 Hours of Le Mans with a [Ferrari] 458. So it’s nothing new because of the performance of this year.”

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