Recently, engine manufacturer, Honda said that they would welcome Alonso with open arms. They also did not rule out the possibility of supplying McLaren with Honda engines for the IndyCar series.
This revelation comes forth inspite of 3 years pf Fernando Alonso’s incessant attack on Honda engine’s reliability. One would think that that would hammer in a thick wedge between him and Honda, but that does not seem to be the case.
Alonso’s first foray was at Indy500 in 2017, a feat facilitated by a Honda-powered Andretti car.
Now, it has emerged that McLaren are considering using Chevrolet engines to power their car in the American series.
Art St Cyr, president of Honda Performance Developments, said: “Fernando Alonso is one of the premier racing drivers of this generation, and we very much enjoyed working with him at the 2017 Indianapolis 500.
“He has shown that he can be very competitive right off the bat, and it would be great for IndyCar if he were to decide to drive here full-time after his F1 career. Having Alonso as a driver would be an obvious benefit for any team or manufacturer.”
Although they did not rule out engine supply to McLaren, Honda admitted they are close to their limits in supply.
“Our engine lease agreements are made between HPD and specific teams,” added St Cyr. “Several of our current IndyCar series teams already have agreements in place with HPD for the 2019 season, and we have been operating near maximum capacity all year long to properly provide powerful, reliable engines for those teams.
“We have had discussions with several current and potential teams for 2019, and those discussions are ongoing.”
Judging by the constant meetings between Andretti and McLaren management, the Woking outfit most likely to go with their 2017 Indy partner than anyone else.