Never burn bridges and back stab your employer....
Fernando Alonso’s dream for the ultimate triple crown in motorsport could take another hit from Honda relating to his bid for a full season in IndyCar from next year, F1 Hub has learned.
Following his victory for Toyota last week at the 24 hours of Le Mans, the Spaniard has finished two out of the three crowns: winning the Monaco Grand Prix and the 24 hours of Le Mans. This leaves just the infamous Indy 500 race that Alonso must win to achieve the prestigious motorsport award.
The double Formula 1 world champion competed in the Indy 500 in 2017, however was forced into retirement following a Honda engine failure on his McLaren-Andretti IndyCar.
Many have tipped Alonso to compete in a full IndyCar season next year — which would mean quitting Formula One — which would aid him in taking the Indy 500 victory. However, this would require a significant investment by power unit manufacturer Honda, who may not be willing to throw so much money in for Fernando Alonso.
As the RACER reports, following Honda’s three year partnership with the McLaren Formula 1 team, Alonso made certain negative comments in public towards the Japanese manufacturer. Such examples could be him labelling the Honda F1 powertrain as a “GP2 engine”, or repeatedly saying “I’ve never raced with less power.”
Elsewhere McLaren is looking to pick up Scott Dixon for its IndyCar programme, who is set to challenge for a fifth IndyCar championship, and more importantly, has a positive working relationship with Honda in IndyCar.