Michael Andretti continues to wait patiently to find out whether his four-car Andretti Autosport team will grow with the addition of McLaren Racing and two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso.
The ongoing discussions, which could have Andretti fielding two cars on behalf of McLaren, would require significant expansion by the Indianapolis-based outfit.
“We could do as many as six [cars],” Andretti told RACER Friday morning at Mid-Ohio.
One of the rumored scenarios to accommodate McLaren involves moving two of Andretti’s existing entries to a satellite program in order to slot the McLaren cars into proven, well-drilled teams. “We’ll see,” Andretti said.
On the topic of Alonso, Andretti looks forward to learning whether the Spaniard will choose to stay in F1 or turn his attention to IndyCar. Getting a read on the situation, according to Andretti, has been a challenge. “We keep asking him and can’t get an answer,” he said.
Another Alonso-related rumor has positioned the 2017 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year as holding an interest in cherry-picking IndyCar’s iconic events – a Long Beach, Road America, Mid-Ohio, and so on – next year if F1 remains his full-time home.
“He doesn’t want to do that,” Andretti clarified. “It’s either a full championship or nothing. He doesn’t want to do a couple of races, maybe win some, and then not have the opportunity to go for a championship.”