Fernando Alonso has been urged to quit Formula 1 and drive in Indycars next year by Graham Rahal driver of Rahal Letterman Laningan Racing, one of the Stateside outfits McLaren chief Zak Brown is said to have visited during his recent trip to the Duel in Detroit Indycar race.
Alonso’s future in Formula 1 is not certain beyond 2018, reports of a deal to compete in next year’s Indy 500 and possibly the Indycar series are being bandied about as possible alternatives for the double F1 World champion.
Rahal, who lies sixth in the Indycar championship wrote on Twitter: “Hey @alo_oficial, @indycar is calling your name. We would welcome your competitive spirit and insane driving talent. Come RACE with us! See you in 2019.”
To which Alonso responded with a cryptic GIF tweet:
— Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) June 10, 2018
McLaren are exploring opportunities to launch an Indycar campaign in partnership with an existing team.
Last year, the Woking outfit fielded an orange Honda-powered Dallara at the Indy 500 for Alonso run by Andretti Autosport.
Apparently, the options Brown is considering for McLaren are a partnership with either Andretti’s team or Rahal Letterman Laningan Racing.
Meanwhile, Alonso is juggling his Formula 1 duties and his World Endurance Championship (WEC) campaign with Toyota Gazoo Racing.
This weekend he will make his Le Mans debut in an effort to secure the second trophy, to put beside his Monaco trophies, in his quest for the Triple Crown of Motorsport.
The Indianapolis 500 would be Alonso’s push for the other victory he requires to make him the second driver – Graham Hill the first – to achieve racing’s rare accolade.
McLaren have appointed Indy 500 winner and former Indycar champion Gil de Ferran to advise the team on their path towards making the plan a reality next year.
Alonso’s miserable spell is well documented, and now after DNFs in Monaco and Canada have attracted sympathy from former rival Nico Rosberg.
The 2016 F1 World Champion summed up after the weekend in Montreal, “We all want to see Fernando celebrate success again, but no top team wants him because he plays too many political games.”
With regards to the DNF in Canada, Rosberg added, “I do not know how he stays motivated. No idea! He knows that he is one of the best drivers in the world, but in qualifying, he battles for 14th place. That’s incredible.”
Big Question: Should Fernando quit F1 and head to Indycar next year?