Each Brown and Sam Schmidt spoke to the media final Friday and in the present day, following the announcement that McLaren might be returning full time to Indy automobile racing in partnership with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and with Chevrolet energy.
Inevitably in each media conferences the query of Alonso’s attainable curiosity in IndyCar took little time to come up, however Brown reiterated what he instructed System 1 media in late July – that Alonso has but to indicate any curiosity in committing to a full season of IndyCar racing.
Even relating to the Indianapolis 500 in 2020, Brown final week mentioned “there’s no plans but.”
He went on: “Fernando stays a contracted McLaren driver and clearly an enormous pal of McLaren. I don’t suppose his want to win Indy 500 has been diminished in any respect, nor our want to try to win it with him.”
At the moment, Brown said: “I will be seeing Fernando on the Italian Grand Prix. He is properly conscious of every thing that is happening with our IndyCar actions and has been for a while.
“I do not suppose his want to win the Indy 500 has diminished in any respect. He has not proven an curiosity – but, I ought to say – in a full season of IndyCar. He is coming off 20 years of numerous racing and I feel he wished to take the second half of this 12 months off to see what he desires to do sooner or later.
“I feel he could be an impressive expertise in IndyCar. I personally suppose, realizing him in addition to I do and his driving type, he’d be immensely profitable and welcomed and would take pleasure in it.
“However Fernando is the kind of particular person that you simply put the chance in entrance of him and let him make his choice. So I will be choosing that up with him in a couple of month’s time, however I’d not anticipate in 2020 him having a want to do a full season.”
That mentioned, Schmidt admitted there was a risk of the workforce increasing to a few full-time vehicles, however for the time being the one certainty is an additional entry on the 104thworking of the Indianapolis 500.
“You noticed this 12 months, we bought to the place it was Arrow Schmidt Peterson with two identically branded entries, and that was kind of my final aim for a very long time as an IndyCar workforce proprietor. You may see that transition with the McLaren Orange affect to the place now we have that very same theme going subsequent 12 months.
“I would not rule out ever working a 3rd automobile. There actually might be a 3rd automobile in Indy, however I feel our precedence at first is to place the 2 vehicles with equivalent liveries and each alternative that these two vehicles need to win races, win the Indy 500, win a championship.
“A 3rd full-time entry shouldn’t be actually on the radar now, however I would not rule it out for certain.”
Motorsport.com understands that regardless of Schmidt’s said intention to retain incumbent James Hinchcliffe for 2020, and the Canadian star’s assertion on social media that regardless of his American Honda and Honda Canada ties he was trying ahead to “rekindling” his relationship with GM when Arrow McLaren Racing SP swap to Chevrolet energy, that state of affairs stays extraordinarily fluid. A number of Honda groups have expressed an curiosity in working an additional entry for Hinchcliffe, and the marque regards him as an enormous asset of their advertising marketing campaign.
Hinchcliffe himself was unavailable for remark.
Brown and Schmidt mentioned the announcement had triggered a whole lot of curiosity within the driver market. The previous commented, “The cellphone has undoubtedly been very lively with all types of people.”
Schmidt added: “The primary aim was to get previous the announcement final week, after which as Zak mentioned, see how the telephones mild up and make that listing. Then reconvene later this week and begin making a few of these selections and provides and whatnot.
“So keep tuned – however will probably be a number of weeks earlier than we make any bulletins.”