Experiences flooded in on Friday that McLaren and star driver Fernando Alonso had formally severed ties following a five-year and admittedly tumultuous relationship, the newest chapter being the crew’s failure to qualify on the 2019 Indianapolis 500. Worldwide retailers claimed that each events had agreed to separate and work independently of each other, ending what’s been the racing world’s most back-and-forth affair in current reminiscence. Nevertheless, as McLaren CEO Zak Brown and even Alonso himself have since revealed, these allegations are all “pretend information.”
Motor Sport Journal revealed an article to its web site on July 5, alluding that Alonso was accomplished altogether with the historic Woking-based group. Citing a quote from McLaren, the British publication broadcasted to the world that Alonso was now free to affix one other crew ought to he be given the chance.
This is the quote which was reportedly issued by a McLaren spokesperson:
“Fernando, like all McLaren drivers previous and current, will at all times be a part of the McLaren household and we’ve got a powerful relationship with him.”
“We’ve got no plans to run him in any additional F1 check periods this 12 months as our focus stays on each Carlos [Sainz] and Lando [Norris]. He’s free to pursue different alternatives in motorsport and we might help him in doing so.”
Whereas this might simply be mistaken for a contract nullification, it really solely pertained to driving roles for the 2019 season and, relying on choices between McLaren and Alonso, past.
In reality, Alonso remains to be signed with McLaren in a model ambassador function which he has retained since leaving Formulation 1 on the finish of 2018.
Jenna Fryer, a motorsport journalist with the Related Press, tweeted Friday afternoon with information from Zak Brown:
And simply previous to that, Alonso took to Twitter to snigger off the rumor saying that the unique report was a results of “#inventing” for “#clicks.”
The Drive has reached out to McLaren in hopes of clarification on the topic.
As for now, it seems that nothing has modified and ‘Nando—a two-time Formulation 1 and 24 Hours of Le Mans champion—is free to proceed, as he has been. Whereas he hasn’t confirmed any upcoming driving ventures, it is anticipated he’ll return to Indy looking for motorsport’s Triple Crown. However with who? That is still to be seen.