“Will Follow Very Closely”: Fernando Alonso Offers Strong Support to Andretti as the Strange FIA Silence Persists

Published 05/14/2022, 4:30 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar – November 18, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso during a press conference Pool via REUTERS/Andrej Isakovic

Fernando Alonso presented his say over Andretti Autosport, entering the world of F1. With many new brands in the news of an F1 entry, Andretti could be a real game-changer.

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The legendary team currently partners with major companies like McLaren as they race across several competitions. They are also heavily involved in Formula E, IMSA, etc.

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Fernando Alonso supports this legendary team

Fernando Alonso, who left the world of F1 some three years ago, drove for McLaren in IndyCar 2017 series. Though he came back to F1 in 2021, he still cherishes his time with Andretti and McLaren. The company is headed by former racing driver Michael Andretti. Fans widely regard the driver as one of the most successful in CART history. Notably, he managed 42 victories during his reign.

The company bid to enter the sport in 2024. They are in talks of powering Renault F1 with power units if they reach the deal. Understandably, this could be big for F1, despite no confirmation from FIA.

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; IndyCar Series driver Fernando Alonso during the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy : REUTERS

Moreover, Andretti is also a determined businessman and strives for excellence. Alonso showered the company with genuine appreciation as he said, “I know Michael very well, I know the Andretti family and they are obviously a big part of motor sport in general and they are legends. So if we can have them in Formula 1 that will be the best news, I think for both.” The two-time world champion gave his full yes to Andretti’s F1 dreams and claimed, “It could be a big thing.” 

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Andretti also sponsors several upcoming and talented drivers. One of them includes F1 former driver Romain Grosjean. The list continues on with Alexander Rossi and even Colton Herta. Astonishingly, Herta has been in the news ever since he joined the McLaren F1 program. The young driver might replace Daniel Ricciardo ahead of 2024.

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Michael and his team might be a great addition to F1

Understandably, Michael and Co. are trusted support for many drivers. Alonso, who has spent considerable time with the team, would be clearly happy with their arrival. Although Alonso stood only 29th during his 2017 titular charge with Andretti-led McLaren, he still felt the car was good enough.

Furthermore, the Spaniard believes that this team can cope with the pressure and further added, “And I think they have the capabilities, the resources, they have the talent to be in Formula 1 and be competitive as well. So I hope this thing comes true in the next few years, and I will follow very closely.”

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Clearly, the champion was impressed by this team. But what are your thoughts? Can Andretti keep up with the pressures of Formula 1?

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Khyati Yadav

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Khyati Yadav is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. She is a Hospitality Graduate and a huge fan of Lando Norris. She believes that F1 as a sport deserves a lot more attention and is intrigued by the process that goes behind the making of a car and the hard work that goes into the setting up of any Grand Prix.

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