Fernando Alonso returns to McLaren as Racing ambassador

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The McLaren group will group up as soon as extra with Fernando Alonso, however this time the Spaniard will take the position of Racing ambassador of the group as an alternative.

The settlement between Alonso and McLaren will embrace many various sub roles which embrace take a look at driving for subsequent yr’s automotive amongst others.

In complete, Alonso raced on 95 events with McLaren throughout his two separate intervals with the group, the primary time in 2007 after which between 2015 and 2018. His document was 4 race wins and a complete of 241 factors for the British group.

As a part of the settlement with McLaren, the 37-year outdated is predicted to carefully observe a lot of the McLaren Racing actions whereas providing his recommendation to the group’s drivers and engineers as nicely.

Alonso can also be anticipated to hold out some take a look at drives obligatory for the event of the brand new automobiles for the 2020 season, the MCL34 and the MCL35.

The 2-time world champion may even symbolize McLaren on the 103rd version of the Indianapolis 500 this yr. He hopes he can turn into solely the second driver in historical past to finish motorsport’s Triple Crown.

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Fernando Alonso on the 2017 Indianapolis 500. (USA TODAY Sports activities)

McLaren CEO Zak Brown had nothing however phrases of reward for Alonso and was very happy driver just like the Spaniard returns to the British racing group.

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“Fernando is a part of the McLaren household. He has set his place within the group’s historical past and continues to put in writing his chapter of the McLaren story, so it’s solely acceptable that we formalise his standing as a McLaren ambassador, becoming a member of one other double champion, Mika Hakkinen.

“For any race group, having somebody of Fernando’s class available to offer help by his expertise is of big worth. His insights and perspective will probably be welcomed by each our drivers and engineers alike, whereas his stature and character stay extremely interesting to our companions and followers.”

Fernando Alonso from his finish mentioned he’s honoured to return as an envoy for the group with which he spent an general 5 years all through his illustrious profession.

“Turning into a McLaren ambassador is a real honour,” mentioned Alonso. “It’s a particular group, and regardless of the challenges we’ve got endured just lately, it stays so. I mentioned earlier than I finished racing in Components 1 final yr that I see myself with McLaren for a very long time to return, so I’m delighted at this new position and the power to remain carefully concerned with the group I really feel is my religious residence.

“We’ve got the Indianapolis 500 in Might after all, which I’m trying ahead to immensely, however that is just the start of many issues we will do collectively. I’m notably captivated with nurturing younger expertise, whether or not that’s with my very own group or serving to the brand new technology of Components 1 drivers at McLaren unlock their true potential. That is vital to each the group and myself, so will probably be an particularly rewarding a part of my position.”

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