Fernando Alonso’s post-F1 career is slowly beginning to take shape. The Spaniard set to test a 2018-spec IndyCar in September. Ever since he announced his retirement from F1 at the end of the season, Alonso has said it would take time for him to decide on his next chapter.
However, soon after his retirement was confirmed, the rumour mill churned yet again. A full-time IndyCar season was mooted as he attempts to clinch the last part of the Triple Crown – the Indy 500.
McLaren had initially declined to comment on any speculation regarding Alonso’s future. However, at Monza, they confirmed that he would indeed be testing a current IndyCar following the Italian Grand Prix weekend.
However, most details from the upcoming test will remain confidential, with the event closed to both the media and the public.
“Alonso is going to do tests next week.” McLaren boss Zak Brown said.
“He has not yet decided what he wants to do, he is part of the McLaren family, the test is with Andretti. We’re working with IndyCar on what we want to do in the future.”
It was first revealed that McLaren and IndyCar are currently working together on a plan for the Woking team to join the series next year with Alonso.
Honda have said they would be open to working with Alonso again Stateside, but McLaren’s options also include a renewal of their partnership with Andretti Motorsport or a takeover of cash-strapped Harding Racing.
It is also believe that an engine supplier deal with Chevrolet is also another option for McLaren. But for now, Alonso will be turning his focus on this weekend’s Italian GP, where he fears that McLaren will struggle. However, the Spaniard will be determined to make the most of it.