Addressing the McLaren to Indycar rumors that have been swirling for months, team spokesman Liam Rupert confirmed to multiple media outlets this weekend that the company is, in fact, not ready to fail in two separate openwheel racing series at the same time. “It’s simple, really. We can really only afford to be horrible in Formula 1 or horrible in Indycar, not both at the same time. Currently, we are dedicated to being horrible in Formula 1, but if the time comes that we decide to be horrible in Indycar, we’ll make the move there. For right now, only one major, inexcusable failure can be planned for“.
With the recent news that Formula 1 mid-pack star Fernando Alonso would retire from the series at the end of the 2018 season, it was assumed that he and the team would make their way to Indycar, like many of F1’s recent redheaded stepchildren. “Indycar is a fantastic series where you can see the likes of former F1 mega-stars like Max Chilton go head to head Takuma Sato. Hopefully one day you will see McLaren and the brow of Alonso join the show“. Rupert continued, “You know many thought McLaren would not commit to Indycar because of our strained relationship with Honda, but we have proven time and time again we can be horrible with any engine in the back of our car. Honda, Renault or even a Chevy Indycar engine, we can be horrible with it. We’re up to the challenge“.
For now, McLaren will keep their ghastly performances in Europe and Formula 1, but maybe one day Indycar fans will get to experience a famed team that consistently fights for 12th, fingers crossed. McLaren gets ready to wrap up their abysmal F1 season for the final three events of 2018 with the Mexican Grand Prix on October 28th, Brazilian Grand Prix on November 11th and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 25th.