If you thought you'd seen the last of Fernando Alonso in a Formula 1 car, think again! The two-time world champion is in talks with McLaren about a potential test of their 2019 challenger, having previously received the blessing to do so from drivers Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris.
McLaren CEO Zak Brown has confirmed that discussions have been held with Alonso about a potential pre-season run as the team looks to turn around their fortunes after a dismal 2018.
Striking a balance between seeking Alonso's feedback and giving Sainz and Norris enough time in the car is crucial in Brown's thoughts, but the benefits of plugging the double champion into the car are obvious.
"We have spoken about testing and that is something we are going to talk about further over the winter," said Brown.
"We need to look at our entire programme, and certainly having his experience in the car would be a great thing.
"But we also need to ensure that our two new drivers get sufficient time because they are going to be our race drivers next year, so it is an ongoing situation.
"I think he will watch not only what McLaren does, but I trade notes with Fernando, I wouldn’t quite say daily but very often.
"He was following how our GT3 car was doing in Abu Dhabi at the weekend, he was sending me notes. For sure he is going to watch our progress with interest because he is still part of the family."
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