Alonso 'very open' to hands-on role at McLaren

2018-12-21 12:52
Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Despite his retirement from Formula One racing, Fernando Alonso is "very open" to playing a hands-on role at McLaren next season. 

Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris are the two drivers that have been tasked to take McLaren into the post-Alonso era. 

But the two-time world champion is still very much wanted by the team to not only provide guidance and feedback to the drivers, but also get behind the wheel himself and get a feel for the car. 

"I have spoken to Fernando about it. He is very open to it," McLaren CEO Zak Brown told 

"These F1 world champions, whether it's Michael Schumacher or Mika Hakkinen, who came close to a comeback, don't want to be too far from the F1 pit lane. 

"There's a lot he can contribute experience-wise. Carlos and Lando are open to any ideas that will bring us experience. 

"Fernando knows the team very well, Lando doesn't have that experience, and Carlos doesn't have that experience with us. It's something I'll be talking to him about. 

"I'll go to Daytona for Fernando's Daytona testing and we're going to chat to him further then." 

Alonso will not be able to hog all of the testing and development days, though, as teams need to select a young driver for two of the four in-season test days next season. 

Junior drivers Sergio Sette Camara and Nyck de Vries would both fit the bill, and Brown said further discussions about McLaren's development programme will take place shortly. 

He added: "(I'm) ultimately working with Gil (Ferran, sporting director) to decide what he thinks is the best driver testing programme for next year, as it's not only Fernando, but we have rookie tests, we have tyre tests, and we have reserve drivers that we need to consider. 

"So Gil is putting together the ultimate driver-race-testing programme, and we'll make a decision in early January." 

Alonso, meanwhile, has been tipped for a possible reunion with Ferrari in 2020 by former Scuderia boss, Stefano Domenicali.

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