Fernando Alonso was interviewed live during last night’s IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway. The McLaren driver did not rule out making a full-time move to the series in the future but said his priority was finding a competitive seat in Formula One.
The McLaren driver has returned to F1 this weekend after making his IndyCar debut in the Indianapolis 500. On Thursday he said he will consider a change of team next season if he hasn’t won a race with McLaren by September – a result which is extremely unlikely given the team’s recent form.
Asked if he might commit to IndyCar full-time if he did not find a suitable F1 seat, Alonso said: “Why not? I’m very open to anything. I don’t have a clear answer right now. I will lie to you if I tell you I know what is going to happen next year. ”
“Watching now the race these guys are the best guys at oval racing so I don’t know to do the full season. I have to learn many things to do one race, I need to learn so many more to do the full season.”
However Alonso said he is “more ready” to continue in F1 next year. “I kind of just try and find the best car possible out there,” he said. “I will look at different options.”
“The Indianapolis 500 is the first priority for the triple crown and the full season maybe is another thing but why not?”
Alonso led 27 laps during his Indy 500 debut but retired with 20 laps to go due to a Honda engine failure.
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