Honda is reportedly vetoing Fernando Alonso’s arrival after the two-time Formula One World Champion has already agreed with Andretti Autosport to compete in the Indy 500 race.
Spanish newspaper As has reported that Alonso is expected to make a deal with the Andretti Autosport team for his third attempt at the Indy500, which means that the two-time Formula One World Champion would once again compete with Honda’s engine.
The board of Honda reportedly vetoed the Spaniard’s performance with their engine, was said to be against Alonso’s arrival. The Andretti team thus had to cancel the formal confirmation of the contract with Alonso, which was scheduled for last week.
Alonso made his first run in the 500-mile Indianapolis race in 2017, when he even led a portion of the race, before he was let down by Honda’s engine. The Spaniard returned to the famous oval last year under the wheel of McLaren in collaboration with the Carlin team, but he didnt makes it through qualifying.
Honda has faced major problems with its Power Unti since returning to Formula One with McLarn, and one of the most vocal critics of Honda’s powertrain was Fernando Alonso, a Woking team driver ,who named Honda’s second-class engine (GP2 ) at the Japanese GP.
The Spaniard admitted that he regretted saying the words that caused a lot of severe blood:
IT WAS A CONVERSATION WITH MY ENGINEER WHICH MUST BE PRIVATE. I WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RACE AND I DIDN’T CONSIDER THAT IT WILL BE BROUGHT ON TV. ABOUT HONDA I WAS NEVER SAYING ANY NEGATIVE IN ANY OF THE INTERVIEWS OR ANYTHING. IF I LOOK BACK, I REGRET IT, BUT THEN THE SITUATION WAS REALLY BAD. THEN WE DIDN’T HAVE AN ENGINE WINNING THE IN BRAZIL LAST YEAR, BUT BADLY WORSE.