Cape Town - McLaren have said they are "not confirming
anything" at this stage regarding the future of Fernando Alonso.
The two-time Formula 1 World Champion will be leaving the
sport altogether at the end of the season to pursue other racing interests.
Alonso has been strongly linked with a full-time move to
IndyCar and reportedly has a test lined up on September 5, but McLaren's
communications director, Tim Bampton, says nothing has been confirmed yet.
"We’re not confirming anything regarding Fernando,
IndyCar or McLaren involvement, for the simple reason that no decision has been
taken,” Bampton told Motorsport.com.
"We’re not going to give a running commentary on our
IndyCar evaluations nor whether or when Fernando is testing.
"Honestly, our stance remains what we’ve said the past
couple of months, which is that we’re going to continue to evaluate IndyCar but
our prime focus is on Formula 1.
"There’s been a lot of noise about IndyCar but we don’t
want to further contribute to that; when we’ve got something to say, we’ll say
it. The team still needs to make a decision."
Bampton also reiterated that any McLaren involvement in
IndyCar would be a long-term investment and not something to just keep Alonso
He added: "As think I said before, if we were to enter
IndyCar, it wouldn’t be just to give Fernando something to do!
"It would be a long-term commitment because we believe
in the series and because the U.S. market is an important one for the McLaren
Group as a whole.
"I know the situation is frustrating for people, for
fans, but there are many permutations. First and most important is, do we do
IndyCar at all?
"Then, do we do just the Indy 500 next year and delay a
fulltime campaign until 2020? Do we come in fulltime next year? Is it just
Fernando that we enter, or is it Fernando plus one?
"I can assure you that nothing has been confirmed so
anything else that’s out there is purely speculation."
Alonso recently said that he would be taking his time over
his future as he comes to terms with deciding to leave Formula 1.