McLaren have refuted recent rumours suggesting that Fernando Alonso has left the company completely.
Following McLaren’s failure to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 with Fernando Alonso in May, rumours began to emerge that the Spaniard had completely left the company behind. Having left Formula 1 at the end of the 2018 season, Alonso remained with McLaren as a brand ambassador but, after the Indy embarrassement, there was a sense of ‘What now?’ to their relationship.
Last week, reports suggested that Alonso had moved on completely but McLaren have stated that these reports are inaccurate.
‘McLaren and Fernando Alonso have not parted ways.’ said the statement. ‘Nothing whatsoever has changed in the status of the relationship. McLaren and Fernando have a continuing contractual relationship and Fernando remains a McLaren ambassador.’
A McLaren ambassador role is one that Alonso could hold onto for many years – he agreed the deal at the end of 2018, joining fellow double World Champion Mika Hakkinen. The Finn, who won his two titles with McLaren in 1998 and 1999 before retiring at the end of 2001, has acted as a McLaren ambassador to this day.
While Alonso is not racing in Formula 1 this year, he is officially just on a sabbatical and could yet return to a cockpit – he hasn’t committed to another racing series and recently left his full time race seat with Toyota in the World Endurance Championship.