McLarens team principal Eric Boullier has resigned from team and had been with McLaren since 2014. It’s been said that Gil De Ferran who came on to McLaren earlier this year has been made sporting director of McLaren F1.
Now it has been no secret that McLaren has been struggling the past few seasons in F1, to the point of them going through 2 different engine suppliers with Honda and Renault. And the resignment of their team principal have lead some to believe that McLaren has totally given up on their desires to run a full time IndyCar program in conjunction with either Andretti Autosport or Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in 2019.
When RaceFans asked McLaren CEO Zak Brown about what the future held he responded that they are “laser focused on Formula 1 right now.” However we have not ruled out expanding into IndyCar next year.”
“No we still haven’t made a decision,” Brown said “We have some time so right now we’re just not focused on thinking about it. We’ll pick that up when we need to make a decision.
“I’ve seen it reported that we’re not (entering IndyCar), but no decision has been taken.”
As far as Fernando Alonso being involved with the program, Brown specified “I think anything’s possible as far as what Fernando could drive next year. Right now we’re focused on being in the moment.”
There’s been rumors and confirmations going around that McLaren considered Scott Dixon for their full time IndyCar program in 2019 as his contract would be up with current team Chip Ganassi Racing at the end of this season.
We all though we knew what was going on with McLaren and IndyCar but it turns out there is still more to come in the near future.