McLaren sporting director Gil de Ferran has issued a public apology to the fans, the team, the partners and Fernando Alonso after failing to qualify for the Indy 500.
Alonso has failed to make the cut for the iconic race this weekend after losing out in Sunday’s Last Row shootout between six cars.
It caps off a miserable week for the Spaniard and McLaren, with the team struggling from the outset and Alonso involved in a big crash on Wednesday during a practice session.
Alonso missed the cut by an average of 0.019mph and an entry will not be bought from another team.
De Ferran issued a heartfelt apology to everyone involved with McLaren and thanked Alonso for his efforts.
I think last but not least, I want to thank this man here on my left [Alonso],” De Ferran said.
“I want to apologise to you because we didn’t give you a car that was fast enough.
“You know, you drove like the champion that we know you are. Particularly these last three days, it’s been incredibly tense and very difficult, and we couldn’t have asked anything more from you, Fernando.
“So I’m sorry, man. You’re an amazing driver.”
Alonso, meanwhile, had mixed emotions as his plans to win the Triple Crown are now back on hold.
“I think there are always things that you learn and things that you improve for next time you’re here, the next challenge – not only in the Indy 500 but as a driver. I still feel proud,” Alonso said.
“Obviously I’m disappointed now because we will not be in the race, but as I said, even for McLaren, they will be a bit thin in the next day or next two days, and then everyone will forget.
“But the next two days it will be maybe hard for the team. I feel it’s unfair a little bit if things goes on that way.
“We didn’t do the job. We were not quick enough. Simple. The others, they did better. We congratulate them.”
Looking ahead to the future, Alonso said his 2020 schedule is still yet to be decided as he continues to weigh up his options.
“I don’t know; right now I think it’s difficult to make any promise,” he said when asked about what is next.
“It’s just too soon to make decisions. I don’t know even what I will do after next month Le Mans 24 hours and finish my program in the World Endurance Championship.
“I wanted to have 2020 open because I don’t know exactly what opportunities may come for me for next year in terms of racing.
“So…until I know the program for next year, I cannot promise or have any idea in my mind.”