Fernando Alonso will take part in the 2020 Indianapolis 500, which will take place on May the 24th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway circuit in Indiana, United States. The news has been revealed by the Spanish driver himself in recent statements to the public television network BBC.
“I will definitely do Indy (…) If I do that after winning Le Mans, WEC (World Endurance Championship) and the 24 Hours of Daytona 2019 , there is nothing more I could ask for. Definitely I will try again” – explained the twice F1 champion -.
In the same conversation with the British broadcaster, Alonso has declared to be negotiating with Andretti Autosport and Arrows McLaren, although he has said to have other alternatives. The former two firms, however, are probably the most likely candidates to offer a seat to the Spaniard, since they have strong professional links.
“They are not the only options but for sure they are the strongest two. I have a loyalty to McLaren and there is also how good I felt in Andretti, and I feel part of that staff and team. I have a very good relationship there” – Alonso admitted -.
Alonso had debuted at the famous oval in 2017 with Andretti and had a very fulfilling experience which left him eager for more. In 2019 he tried again with the Woking Scuderia, his team during his last four years of Formula 1, but the experience that time around was quite bitter as he didn’t even manage to qualify in order to compete in the race.
In any case, Fernando Alonso has declared that he will not make a firm decision about Indianapolis until the conclusion of the Dakar Rally 2020, which ends in January the 17th. Before that, he wants to remain completely focused on his rally debut.
“I don’t want to have any distractions there (Saudi Arabia) from people asking me about other things” – Alonso said -.
The Spaniard will, therefore, attempt to take on the famous American race for the third time. His 2017 debut was extremely promising. That year he managed to hold onto the top positions and even took the lead at 21 laps from the end, but a fateful breakdown of the Honda engine of his Andretti-McLaren prevented him from fighting for victory in the end. Despite the disappointing result, the Spaniard dazzled the audience in the stadium.
Encouraged by the great sensations of his first attempt, he returned to the Brickyard a couple of years later. On that occasion, however, the experience was a resounding failure, although this had nothing to do with his quality as a driver.
Weighed down by the shortcomings of his car, Alonso didn’t make the cut to take part on the race and was outperformed by rivals of smaller stature but at the wheel of superior vehicles. Perhaps, his elimination was a blessing in disguise given the unpredictable behaviour of his machine. During one of the free practice stints, Alonso suffered a terrible accident in that uncontrollable car.
Having put behind that disastrous experience, the versatile Spaniard is back to conquer the Americas, the promised land, where he could seal the deal on his coveted Triple Crown. To date, only the Briton Graham Hill has managed to earn this legendary honour after winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Monaco Grand Prix of Formula 1 and the Indianapolis 500.
Before Indianapolis, however, which is still six months away, Alonso will have to face the biggest challenge in his professional career to date. In a month’s time, he will make his debut on the Dakar Rally at the wheel of a Toyota GAZOO Racing Hilux 4×4 managed by the Overdrive structure. He will be accompanied by co-driver Marc Coma, five-time champion of the famous raid in the Motorcycle category.
Image of Fernando Alonso: McLaren Instagram.