McLaren have no more plans for Alonso in 2019

Mark Scott
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McLaren team principal, Andreas Seidl, has confirmed Fernando Alonso will not be in their Formula 1 car again this season.

After leaving his McLaren seat at the end of the 2018 campaign, Alonso remained on as an ambassador for the team in a role which included on-track duties.

He took part in a Pirelli tyre test for McLaren back in Bahrain, but that is now as far as his on-track involvement will go this season despite now being free of Indy and WEC commitments.

“We have no plan to put Fernando back in the Formula 1 car at McLaren,” Seidl told Autosport.

“We are very happy with Lando [Norris] and Carlos [Sainz]. They are doing a great job and they’re the future for us – and that is also my focus.

“But he [Alonso] is still a member of McLaren, an ambassador for McLaren, and I think there will be a discussion in the future with potentially other racing projects.”

Seidl said the decision makes even more sense given Alonso is not available every Formula 1 race weekend.

“It is not possible for Fernando to be here at every race and be reserve driver,” he added.

“We work closely together in this partnership with Renault on the powertrain side, and Sergey will be at each track until the end of the season.

“So it simply made sense to have this agreement and to share resources with Renault.

“And in the case of an emergency, straight away we have a reserve driver at the track. So that was the reason for this agreement.”

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