McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown hopes he can persuade Fernando Alonso to join them for another attempt at the Indianapolis 500 following their failure to qualify for this year's race.
Alonso was one of three drivers who failed to make the cut for the 33-car grid following a series of errors by the team. Brown wants to take McLaren back to Indianapolis and hopes they will be joined by Alonso, whose contract with the team is up for renewal following the race.
"He was disappointed when we were all," said Brown. "We clearly let him down.
" He's a racer, he understands Indianapolis is unique. He drove brilliantly, he gave it everything he got, he was great with the fans and the media and that's exactly how he was internally. He just wanted to be competitive.
“I think he wants to go back to Indianapolis. I think it would be great if we did it together. ”
Brown said he hasn't had any discussions with Alonso yet about him returning to the race with the team.
He said. “I know Fernando very well and I think one of the reasons we get along as we do is I understand how he works and I think when you come off such a low like that you don't want to have a microphone in your face 24 hours later when we don't need to make decisions right now. ”
“ We have a great relationship with Fernando, ”Brown added. “He had lots of highs and lows with us. Arguably probably the last three or four seasons.
"He really enjoys McLaren, McLaren enjoys him, he sees what happened, he sees how close we got to the show and the effort we put into. I think we're all disappointed but it won't change the relationship between Fernando and McLaren. ”
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