McLaren CEO Zak Brown has denied reports that the team has split ties with Fernando Alonso.
Jenna Fryer of the Associated Press reportedly spoke with Brown Friday, who declined the initial report, which was released by MotorSport Magazine earlier in the day, calling it “fake news”.
In their original story, MotorSport Magazine stated they had received the following statement from McLaren:
“Fernando, like all McLaren drivers past and present, will always be part of the McLaren family and we have a strong relationship with him. We have no plans to run him in any further F1 test sessions this year as our focus remains on both Carlos and Lando. He is free to pursue other opportunities in motorsport and we would support him in doing so.”
Though the team has not made any plans to compete with Alonso behind the wheel since Indianapolis, he still remains as an ambassador to the McLaren organization.
Alonso retired from F1 competition at the conclusion of the 2018 season. The Spaniard has 32 wins and 97 podiums in 311 race starts.
Having won the Monaco Grand Prix in 2006 and 2007 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2018 and 2019, the Indianapolis 500 is the final race Alonso needs to win in order to become only the second driver to capture the Triple Crown of Motorsport.