F1 2019: Fernando Alonso to test for McLaren in Bahrain

by Leon Thompson March 31, 2019, 1:47
F1 2019: Fernando Alonso to test for McLaren in Bahrain

The 2005 and 2006 F1 World Champion has always wanted to keep the possibility of returning to F1 and the prospect was boosted further when he was confirmed to test at some point this year.

Just months after leaving F1 as a race driver, Fernando Alonso will find himself back behind the wheel of contemporary machinery when he tests for McLaren during the two-day in-season test in Bahrain. Alonso will get his hands on the MCL34 in a Pirelli tyre test the first of his planned test outings this season in a new ambassadorial role.

"When I said bye bye past year, it was because this chapter is already complete and I achieved in F1 a lot more than what I dreamt of".

"I explained it very clearly in my statement: I am stopping Formula One because there are other bigger challenges outside Formula One than the ones I can see here".

"I had great opportunities outside F1 to do something unprecedented so that's why I took the decision".

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McLaren will be running two cars during the in-season test in Bahrain, with one being used for Pirelli tire testing.

Since departing Formula 1 full-time Alonso has continued preparations for the Indianapolis 500, raced in the World Endurance Championship, and also tested Toyota's Hilux that it competes with at Dakar. If something happened and a great opportunity arrives, I probably will consider [it].

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso of Spain waves to spectators in the pit during the qualifying session at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates November 24, 2018. I think the team decided this was the best moment and not taking time from the race drivers to develop the auto.

"Maybe, if I was relaxing at home, it would be different, but I've been testing many different things so much that I've had not time to miss anything".

"I don't close doors 100% to anything in the future". On face value, it holds little interest for a two-time world champion, but Alonso said he hopes to help McLaren understand its auto.

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