Alonso stays loyal to McLaren: "I have a special relationship, strong loyalty"

25-02-2020 19:14 | Updated: 25-02-2020 20:11
by Matt Gretton
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Alonso stays loyal to McLaren: I have a special relationship, strong loyalty

Fernando Alonso will compete in the Indy500 with Arrow McLaren. Despite signs that the two parties wouldn't together again, the team announced Alonso is happy to stay as they try and help him towards the final jigsaw piece in Motorsport's triple crown. 

“I am a racer and the Indy 500 is the greatest race in the world. I love the incredible fans who make it so special for all of us drivers and make me want to come back. I have maximum respect for this race and everyone who competes in it and all I want to do is race against them and give my best, as always," Alonso said immediately after the announcement. 

Loyalty

Things haven't always worked about between the Spaniard and McLaren. It all started when the team installed those "gp 2 engines" and he failed to qualify for the 2019 Indy500. But Alonso clearly values his relationship with Zak Brown and co. 

“It was important for me to explore my options for this race but Arrow McLaren SP has always been at the top. I have a special relationship with McLaren; we’ve been through a lot together and that creates a bond, a loyalty that is strong," he added. 

"But more than that, I am impressed with how the new organisation and operation is developing into a strong package with the Chevrolet partnership. The team has experienced, well-qualified people and great resources, and I’m confident we can be competitive."

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