Fernando Alonso says winning the Indianapolis 500 is his number one goal for next season but he may not firm up his plans for the race until after next month’s Dakar Rally.
“Obviously now the main focus and priority is Dakar,” he said. “So I’m not putting too much effort on closing everything on the Indy 500.
“But the intention is to do the Indy 500 next year. That’s the one that I’ve got to win now and the main priority for me so I will prepare the best that I can that race.”
Alonso led on his debut at the race in 2017 but failed to finished after his McLaren and Andretti-run car suffered an engine failure. His return this year in a solo effort with McLaren was a disaster, and they failed to qualify.
“This year was the downside of the season,” he said. “Otherwise it was perfect because every race that I participated, I won: Daytona, Sebring, Spa, Le Mans. That one [Indianapolis] I didn’t do the start, I didn’t participate, so the record is still going.
“I will need to look at the best possibilities to be competitive. Last year it was sad not to be competitive enough and not to be prepared enough.
“We did what we could. The preparation was a little bit late, running late, but still always the trust and confidence that eventually you will get competitive. But even that week, we faces so many problems, and I had the accident on Wednesday so everything was on the back foot on the time. So this year hopefully is better than that.”
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