Alonso/Andretti for 2020 Indy?
Michael Andretti admits he’s talked to Fernando Alonso about working the 2020 Indianapolis 500, however proper now it’s a good distance from being a finished deal.
“We’ve talked about it and I’d like to have him drive for us once more. However a whole lot of issues must occur,” stated Andretti, who gave the Spaniard his first IndyCar experience at Indianapolis in 2017.
“He has to resolve what he needs to do and he may nonetheless find yourself with McLaren; however there’s different stuff,” Andretti added. “It’s a chance, however not a very good chance.”
The “different stuff” is, after all, the Honda roadblock. After referring to his Formulation 1 motor as a “GP2 engine” throughout his last yr with Staff McLaren, the two-time world champion fell out of favor with the Japanese automaker. In his return to IMS final Could with McLaren, Alonso was in a Chevrolet as a result of Honda refused to energy both the group or driver.
And it’s believed that when McLaren CEO Zak Brown made a proposal to companion with Andretti final summer season for the 2020 IndyCar season, Honda of Japan was approached about forgiving and forgetting however refused to budge. Andretti Autosport stayed with Honda whereas McLaren’s first full-time assault within the NTT IndyCar Sequence subsequent yr with Pato O’Ward and Oliver Askew will likely be with Chevrolet.
“I’d like to get again collectively and and attempt to get him his first win at Indy,” stated Andretti, whose automobiles have pulled into Victory Lane 5 instances. “We’ve talked about it many instances — and likewise about him driving different issues for us — however proper now its simply discuss.”
Alonso was Rookie of the 12 months at Indy in 2017, beginning fifth and main 27 laps earlier than blowing up. However he missed the present final Could in McLaren’s muffed return to the Speedway.
Andretti is about to marketing campaign 5 full-time automobiles subsequent season, with Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti, Zach Veach and Colton Herta. James Hinchcliffe may very well be within the combine for an Indy-only experience if nothing materializes full-time for The Mayor.