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Alonso becomes McLaren ambassador

  • Published on 27 Feb 2019 11:01
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

McLaren has confirmed that Fernando Alonso will become an ambassador for the team.

The Spaniard is present at pre-season testing in Barcelona, and spent time with the Woking squad on Tuesday. Alonso left Formula 1 full-time at the end of the 2018 season, having spent four years with McLaren after his stint at Ferrari.

As part of his new role, McLaren confirmed that the double world champion will "drive at selected tests to support the development of MCL34 and MCL35 for 2020."

Alsono said: "Becoming a McLaren ambassador is a true honour. It is a special team, and despite the challenges we have endured recently, it remains so.

"I said before I stopped racing in Formula 1 last year that I see myself with McLaren for a long-time to come, so I am delighted at this new role and the ability to stay closely involved with the team I feel is my spiritual home.

“We have the Indianapolis 500 in May of course, which I am looking forward to immensely, but this is just the beginning of many things we can do together.

"I am particularly passionate about nurturing young talent, whether that’s with my own team or helping the new generation of Formula 1 drivers at McLaren unlock their true potential. This is important to both the team and myself, so will be an especially rewarding part of my role.”

Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren, added: “Fernando is part of the McLaren family. He has set his place in the team’s history and continues to write his chapter of the McLaren story, so it is entirely appropriate that we formalise his status as a McLaren ambassador, joining another double champion, Mika Häkkinen.

“For any race team, having someone of Fernando’s class on hand to provide support through his experience is of huge value. His insights and perspective will be welcomed by both our drivers and engineers alike, while his stature and character remain highly appealing to our partners and fans.”

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  • Could also be a clever move to keep Alo involved pending the team getting its act together again. Alo has not said he is finished, just that he was finished ftb. We could see him race in F1 again at some point.

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    • Feb 27 2019 - 14:31
  • You gotta think that Alonso is wishing he was in the car seeing it at the top of the timesheets. It looks like Alonso's judgement and decision making in regard to his career is failing him once again.

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    • Feb 27 2019 - 21:54

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