McLaren and Fernando Alonso part ways

Fernando Alonso and McLaren have parted ways effective immediately.

A report has surfaced revealing that Fernando Alonso and McLaren have parted ways.

Motor Sport Magazine was the first to report that the double Formula 1 world champion and the team have no further plans to collaborate following a miserable attempt to make the Indianapolis 500 — which ended with the pairing being one of three drivers getting sent home following qualifications.

The parting was reported to be amicable and McLaren confirmed the report with a statement.

“Fernando, like all McLaren drivers past and present, will always be part of the McLaren family and we have a strong relationship with him. We have no plans to run him in any further F1 test sessions this year as our focus remains on both Carlos (Sainz) and Lando (Norris). He is free to pursue other opportunities in motorsport and we would support him in doing so.”

Alonso spent the final four years of his Formula 1 tenure with McLaren and was named a team ambassador following his decision to walk away from the discipline. He raced the 2017 Indianapolis 500 with a McLaren-Andretti collaboration. He tested the 2019 McLaren Formula 1 car in Bahrain.

Alonso has won Le Mans twice for Toyota and is currently on hiatus from motorsport activities and has yet to reveal what comes next. He has stated a desire to return to the Indianapolis 500 but not contest a full NTT IndyCar Series bid.

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