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McLaren open to Alonso F1 return with rival team

  • Published on 13 Jul 2019 14:02
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

McLaren has affirmed that it would not have any issues with Fernando Alonso potentially returning to Formula 1 with another team.

The Spaniard walked away from F1 at the end of the 2018 season after a number of frustrating years competing in the midfield.

The double-world champion has been rumoured to be in the frame for a Formula 1 seat next year, however it won't be with McLaren, as the Woking squad has already locked in Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris for 2020.

Alonso ended his stint in the World Endurance Championship with Toyota after winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the second time last month.

Although he remains a McLaren ambassador, the team would have no problem with him returning to F1 with another team, amid suggestions that he has contacted Ferrari and Red Bull over a potential seat.

"Fernando remains an ambassador for McLaren," said McLaren CEO Zak Brown ahead of the British Grand Prix weekend.

"We have got a great relationship with him and we speak with him about some racing programmes in the future that are not Formula 1 related.

"But we're happy for him if he wants to get back into Formula 1  because we don't have a seat available, to go race for another team. We'd very much support him in that if that's what he wants to do."

Alonso has tested for McLaren this year, as he drove the MCL34 at Bahrain earlier this year, completing the team's programme with F1 tyre supplier Pirelli. 

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  • So this is basically McLaren saying they ain't interested in Alonso when it comes to F1. This is after all The Alonso, had they been interested, there'd be a seat free. So now I kinda don't see a good way for him back. Where'd he go? Ferrari is occupied, Merc' is occupied, McL don't want him, Renault don't seem interested. The remaining teams are all significant downgrades for him. Maybe Alfa would have a seat free once Kimi is gone, but would he settle with a Ferrari B Team?

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    • Jul 13 2019 - 14:30
    • I think it's more Alonso isn't interested in McLaren

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      • Jul 13 2019 - 14:56
  • f1ski

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    yes let him screw up another team

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    • Jul 13 2019 - 15:21
  • Biggs7

    Posts: 38

    I think Alo is going to Ferrari and Seb to Redbull

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    • Jul 13 2019 - 19:20

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