McLaren will not turn to Alonso

The team announced on Friday that its reserve driver from now on is Sirotkin, former Williams and given by Renault if the team needs it.


In the first weeks of 2019 there was talk of the McLaren reserve driver, with Fernando Alonso present in the preseason tests and also in the Bahrain GP (he tested the MCL34 in Sakhir) and announced as an adviser to the British firm, who was expected by some circuits of the calendar. The substitute figure in F1 is unpleasant, only a medical withdrawal or serious sports sanction could leave Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris out of a gridiron this season, but in Woking they had not confirmed who would be the sutituto in that case.

No it will be the Asturian, as confirmed this Friday in Paul Ricard the British team: Sergey Sirotkin, reserve Renault, would be transferred to McLaren in case "Carlos or Lando can not complete a race weekend in 2019." "The agreement ensures that the two parties (McLaren and Renault) have a reserve driver present in all races for the remainder of the season," underlines the agreement, since it is essential to be on the circuits to be able to take on that role.

"It is an appropriate solution for McLaren in 2019. We know only what Sergey brings, he has the necessary superlicense points and is aligned with our engine supplier, Renault, , so he is the obvious candidate", says Andreas Seidl, chief of the team.



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