The McLaren team will team up once more with Fernando Alonso, but this time the Spaniard will take the role of Racing ambassador of the team instead.
The agreement between Alonso and McLaren will include many different sub roles which include test driving for next year’s car among others.
In total, Alonso raced on 95 occasions with McLaren during his two separate periods with the team, the first time in 2007 and then between 2015 and 2018. His record was four race wins and a total of 241 points for the British team.
McLaren will continue its relationship with Fernando Alonso with the appointment of the two-time @F1 world champion as a McLaren Racing ambassador. 🤝
— McLaren (@McLarenF1) February 27, 2019
As part of the agreement with McLaren, the 37-year old is expected to closely follow most of the McLaren Racing activities while offering his advice to the team’s drivers and engineers as well.
Alonso is also expected to carry out some test drives necessary for the development of the new cars for the 2020 season, the MCL34 and the MCL35.
The two-time world champion will also represent McLaren at the 103rd edition of the Indianapolis 500 this year. He hopes he can become only the second driver in history to complete motorsport’s Triple Crown.
McLaren CEO Zak Brown had nothing but words of praise for Alonso and was very satisfied that a driver like the Spaniard returns to the British racing team.
“Fernando is part of the McLaren family. He has set his place in the team’s history and continues to write his chapter of the McLaren story, so it is entirely appropriate that we formalise his status as a McLaren ambassador, joining another double champion, Mika Hakkinen.
“For any race team, having someone of Fernando’s class on hand to provide support through his experience is of huge value. His insights and perspective will be welcomed by both our drivers and engineers alike, while his stature and character remain highly appealing to our partners and fans.”
Fernando Alonso from his end said he’s honoured to return as an ambassador for the team with which he spent an overall five years throughout his illustrious career.
A familiar face – and double #F1 world champion – dropped by in Barcelona today 👀
— Formula 1 (@F1) February 26, 2019
“Becoming a McLaren ambassador is a true honour,” said Alonso. “It is a special team, and despite the challenges we have endured recently, it remains so. I said before I stopped racing in Formula 1 last year that I see myself with McLaren for a long time to come, so I am delighted at this new role and the ability to stay closely involved with the team I feel is my spiritual home.
“We have the Indianapolis 500 in May of course, which I am looking forward to immensely, but this is just the beginning of many things we can do together. I am particularly passionate about nurturing young talent, whether that’s with my own team or helping the new generation of Formula 1 drivers at McLaren unlock their true potential. This is important to both the team and myself, so will be an especially rewarding part of my role.”