Fernando Alonso, McLaren and Andretti Autosport have revealed the livery the two time Formula 1 World Champion will run in his debut race at the Indy 500 this month.
The Dallara DW12 of Alonso will run in McLaren’s famous orange livery and will sport the number 29 for the Spaniard. Unlike the 2017 Formula 1 challenger from McLaren, the car is virtually all orange and does not have the streaks of white or black that are carried on the MCL32. It arguably makes the car look much, much better. The retro livery is supported by a retro helmet design and the whole look and feel of the entry certainly stands out from the crowd.
2003 indy 500 winner Gil de Ferran has been brought in to advise Alonso and said on the day of testing that,
“His success in motorsports doesn’t come only from talent. He’s applying himself a tremendous amount, paying a lot of attention, asking lots of questions, is very intense about everything. And his work ethic is pretty impressive. And he’s got intelligence to go with it, too. It’s clear to me that he’s a very intense man and that he’s taking the project very seriously and wants to do well.”
– Gil de Ferran
Alonso is pursuing the triple crown of winning the Monaco Grand Prix, the Indy 500 and Le Mans. His participation in this year’s Indy 500 has caught a massive amount of attention. He will be in the car for the first time today and complete some laps of the circuit.
The race also provides some well needed breathing space from the current difficulties being experienced at the McLaren-Honda Formula One team, and will give Jenson Button the chance to try and pull off a miracle at the Monaco Grand Prix.