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#1 Owen

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 19:20

Full story;
https://www.mclaren....do-alonso-2019/

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#2 Vielleicht

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 19:22

Hurrah



#3 SophieB

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 19:24

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#4 Victor_RO

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 19:26

If McLaren partner up with ECR this time so that they can run without the Honda contractual factor rearing its ugly head, I smell a good chance of the crown being completed. :)



#5 SophieB

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 19:29

WE’RE BACK. #mclarenIndy



#6 Afterburner

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 19:31

Any word on the rest of the season? Fantastic news that he’s back, but after flirting so closely with running the whole shebang, it’s kind of disappointing that he’s quietly distanced himself from doing so.

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 19:32

If McLaren partner up with ECR this time so that they can run without the Honda contractual factor rearing its ugly head, I smell a good chance of the crown being completed. :)

 

Would make sense to partner up given that ECR have lost their title sponsor



#8 Vielleicht

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 19:32

This will be his first race start in which he has the potential to be a Triple Crown winner come the chequered flag*.

 

I'd would be cool to say it's been a while since this situation has occurred but technically speaking Montoya was in with a chance at this years Le Mans had things got very crazy indeed. :lol:

 

*Just a technicality that this is assuming he qualifies


Edited by Vielleicht, 10 November 2018 - 19:39.


#9 P123

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 19:32

Good news, and good luck to him.

#10 stewie

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 19:34

Time for me to book tickets to the US in my time honoured fashion...

#11 Atreiu

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 19:35

Nice.

#12 djparky

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 19:51

excellent, am going to my first ever Indy 500 next year and get to see Alonso race as well

#13 Radoye

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 19:56

Any word on the rest of the season?

 

No rest of the season, Indy only.



#14 fifi

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 19:57

:clap: :clap:



#15 Oblivion

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 19:58

great news.



#16 P123

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 20:05

No rest of the season, Indy only.


I'd like to see them run the race on the Indy road course too.

#17 red stick

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 20:08

If McLaren partner up with ECR this time so that they can run without the Honda contractual factor rearing its ugly head, I smell a good chance of the crown being completed. :)


Maybe. But consider, ECR challenges for the pole. Andretti wins . . .

#18 FLB

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 20:10

Maybe. But consider, ECR challenges for the pole. Andretti wins . . .

This year, ECR came pretty close to the win. Carpenter was one of the few to keep Power honest (with Kanaan for a while).


Edited by FLB, 10 November 2018 - 20:11.


#19 Joseki

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 20:11

Wow what a pleasant experience to read this thread without the first post being Leclerc whishing Alonso to die in a fire or something like he usually does.


Edited by Joseki, 10 November 2018 - 20:11.


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#20 Nonesuch

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 20:12

Good stuff. :cool:  :up: 
 

I'd would be cool to say it's been a while since this situation has occurred but technically speaking Montoya was in with a chance at this years Le Mans had things got very crazy indeed.

 

Yes, although, as always when discussing this matter, Montoya merely won the Monaco GP, not the F1 WDC.
 
Jacques Villeneuve (who never won the Monaco GP, but did win the F1 WDC) came very close when he finished 2nd at Le Mans in 2008, on the lead lap!



#21 jstrains

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 20:14

I hope that the whole field will help him and let him pass for the championship!

#22 Joseki

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 20:14

https://twitter.com/...348988799070208

@ChrisMedlandF1

McLaren Racing going to Indy as its own entry, setting up a separate team internally. Asked Zak Brown if that meant only one car or maybe more, said he doesn’t want to comment on that yet... #IndyCar

#23 ANF

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 20:14

Yay.

#24 Vielleicht

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 20:23

Yes, although, as always when discussing this matter, Montoya merely won the Monaco GP, not the F1 WDC.

Ah yes, the old 'is the F1 leg of the Triple Crown Monaco or the WDC?' question


Edited by Vielleicht, 10 November 2018 - 20:26.


#25 red stick

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 20:24

This year, ECR came pretty close to the win. Carpenter was one of the few to keep Power honest (with Kanaan for a while).


Close. Ask Michael about "close."  ;)

#26 August

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 20:27

Great to see McLaren setting up their own team. I doubt they'd be doing it if they weren't going to join IndyCar full-time in the near future.

 

Though the 500 in a new team must be a bigger challenge for Alonso than joining a top organization like Andretti.



#27 KnucklesAgain

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 20:29

Any word on the rest of the season? Fantastic news that he’s back, but after flirting so closely with running the whole shebang, it’s kind of disappointing that he’s quietly distanced himself from doing so.

 

He already said a while ago clearly and not quietly that he would not do 2019 full season as it would be too much for him next year



#28 Enzo308

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 20:29

Question - where do you realistically expect McLaren to be over the next few years? I can only see them as another force India...consistently fighting for 4th-6th in the wcc with the occasional lucky podium. Even with James Key arriving (allegedly) he’s not Adrian Newey. Long-term as a customer of a manufacturer I’m struggling to see them ever winning a championship again....

#29 Enzo308

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 20:30

Sorry - wrong thread

#30 KnucklesAgain

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 20:31

https://twitter.com/...348988799070208

@ChrisMedlandF1

McLaren Racing going to Indy as its own entry, setting up a separate team internally. Asked Zak Brown if that meant only one car or maybe more, said he doesn’t want to comment on that yet... #IndyCar

 

There goes the triple crown. It was fun while it lasted



#31 August

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 20:45

Michael Andretti tweeted they will be involved, similar to '17.

 

So is this gonna be another Andretti satellite team, similar to Harding-Steinbrenner?



#32 E.B.

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 20:59

Ah yes, the old 'is the F1 leg of the Triple Crown Monaco or the WDC?' question


It's quite a new question actually. Always used to be WDC.

#33 Joseki

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 21:12

Michael Andretti tweeted they will be involved, similar to '17.

So is this gonna be another Andretti satellite team, similar to Harding-Steinbrenner?


He deleted the tweet, so it's legit stuff. Either Andretti or Harding as partners.

#34 Fatgadget

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 21:40

https://twitter.com/...348988799070208

@ChrisMedlandF1

McLaren Racing going to Indy as its own entry, setting up a separate team internally. Asked Zak Brown if that meant only one car or maybe more, said he doesn’t want to comment on that yet... #IndyCar

Bye bye F1  McLaren racing  team. It's been nice knowing you up until 2012. Hopefully all goes well in your new venture...i guess that was the master plan after all eh Mr Zak Brown!



#35 Fatgadget

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 21:52

He deleted the tweet, so it's legit stuff. Either Andretti or Harding as partners.

Ah fanks!..One learns something new every day eh! Was never aware that a quickly deleted tweet automaticaly renders  it   factual! :eek:



#36 jonpollak

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 21:53

Time for me to book tickets to the US in my time honoured fashion...


Exactly what I thought upon hearing the news.
Jp

#37 jonpollak

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 21:56

Order your tickets NOW.
https://www.indianap...500/buy-tickets
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#38 AustinF1

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 22:00

Any word on the rest of the season? Fantastic news that he’s back, but after flirting so closely with running the whole shebang, it’s kind of disappointing that he’s quietly distanced himself from doing so.

He hasn't. He's said recently he still wants to do a full season at some point, but that it just isn't gonna happen in 2019.



#39 AustinF1

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 22:02

excellent, am going to my first ever Indy 500 next year and get to see Alonso race as well

Looks like that may be the case for me as well.



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#40 MastaKink

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 22:03

Sweeeeeeeeeeettt.

 

:smoking:



#41 AustinF1

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 22:04

Ah yes, the old 'is the F1 leg of the Triple Crown Monaco or the WDC?' question

I've always heard it's Monaco, but Alonso has both, so it's all good.



#42 stewie

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 22:05

Exactly what I thought upon hearing the news.
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If only I knew what I was doing work wise next May...

#43 Afterburner

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 22:06

No rest of the season, Indy only.

  

He already said a while ago clearly and not quietly that he would not do 2019 full season as it would be too much for him next year

  

He hasn't. He's said recently he still wants to do a full season at some point, but that it just isn't gonna happen in 2019.

Thanks for the quick replies, but this is really on me as I’m lost in that strange confusing reality that is the Indycar offseason and have no idea what year it is. I thought this was a 2020 confirmation and forgot that 2019 was next year, not ‘this year’ yet. :drunk:

So yeah, I actually already knew that he wasn’t doing the whole season in 2019. I was wondering about news for 2020 and not realising that 2019 and 2020 are in fact not the same season. :lol:

So padon me, and carry on!

#44 f1paul

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 22:07

:clap: 



#45 AustinF1

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 22:10

     Thanks for the quick replies, but this is really on me as I’m lost in that strange confusing reality that is the Indycar offseason and have no idea what year it is. I thought this was a 2020 confirmation and forgot that 2019 was next year, not ‘this year’ yet. :drunk:

So yeah, I actually already knew that he wasn’t doing the whole season in 2019. I was wondering about news for 2020 and not realising that 2019 and 2020 are in fact not the same season. :lol:

So padon me, and carry on!

LOL. I think I can relate to this post.



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Posted 10 November 2018 - 22:10

What do we think, more than just the Indy500 race for Alonso in 2019 ? 



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Posted 10 November 2018 - 22:16

If only I knew what I was doing work wise next May...


I am on a tour that allows me to get a sub in for race weekend !

Jp

#48 AustinF1

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 22:16

What do we think, more than just the Indy500 race for Alonso in 2019 ? 

500, WEC ... yeah I wouldn't be surprised to see something else thrown in the mix. Bathurst 12H and Daytona 500 are calling your name, my Asturian friend.


Edited by AustinF1, 10 November 2018 - 22:20.


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Posted 10 November 2018 - 22:18

What do we think, more than just the Indy500 race for Alonso in 2019 ? 

 

In IndyCar, you mean? I think it depends a lot on if McLaren is doing more races. If McLaren is working towards a full-time program for 2020, then I might see them entering more races in preparation for the upcoming seasons, and I'd imagine they'd like to put Fred in the car (unless Fred declines a future opportunity to race in IndyCar full-time and McLaren has another candidate for the fulltime seat.)

 

In other series? Surely to complete the WEC season, maybe stay in Toyota for the 2019-20 season as well. (Which might complicate things with a possible 2020 IndyCar program.) Then there are these NASCAR rumors, like racing at the Daytona 500. Though I'm not sure going to NASCAR makes much sense for an open-wheel guy, we've seen it so many times (JPM, Dario, Allmendinger, Danica).


Edited by August, 10 November 2018 - 22:18.


#50 jonpollak

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 22:20

My favorite Fernando quote of the day....

“One of the things I’m looking forward to most is seeing the fans again, who are absolutely fantastic.”