Alonso favours IndyCar-like orange for 2018 McLaren F1 car

Fernando Alonso says he would like his 2018 McLaren Formula 1 car's colours to echo that of the IndyCar livery he raced in last year's Indianapolis 500.

Contesting the famous race for the first time, Alonso led 27 laps in his McLaren-Andretti Autosport Honda before engine failure took him out of the fight for the lead in the closing stages.

When asked by Motorsport.com if he had seen the livery for the upcoming campaign when speaking at a NASCAR media day, Alonso said: "No, not [seen it] yet – but we'll see.

"I'll be happy with any colour, but McLaren and orange is part of our DNA, so it will be nice if we see some orange like the IndyCar. You know, that was a great event and a great McLaren car there."

Speaking about the chances of him doing the Indy 500 again, Alonso replied: "I would like to, a fantastic experience and I'd like to repeat it.

"In 2018 it won't be possible, as I'll be in Monaco, but once I'm not in F1, I'd like to try again. To enjoy the special moment again. If that's in 2019, I don't know, but I will make my best [effort] to come back."

Earlier this month, McLaren executive director Zak Brown said McLaren's look will undergo the "biggest change" of all the teams on the 2018 F1 grid.

Last year, the outfit ran an all-new black, orange and white livery as part of a freshening up of its image following the departure of long-time chief Ron Dennis.

Brown has been keen to redefine the team's brand and it swapping Honda for Renault power offers an opportunity to continue that process.

"The car's not going to look the same as last year," Brown told Motorsport.com. "Our whole brand, the visibility of McLaren, is going to go to the next level and it's going to be exciting.

"We know what a lot of the other teams are going to look like, but hopefully people will see the biggest change on and off the track at McLaren going into Australia.

"One of the things that McLaren hasn't done in recent years is be a leader.

"With our garage and everything, we look like everyone else. So we need to step up and be the guys in Australia where everyone says, did you see what McLaren did?

"That is what McLaren always was. With our lack of competitiveness, we have kind of blended in. We need to get back to being a team that people are envious of. I feel we are on our way."

Brown added that the livery will have a "nod to our history" but the final design will be "sponsor dependent".

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Drivers Fernando Alonso
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