McLaren executive director Zak Brown has ruled out a return to the Indianapolis 500 in 2018 despite a successful entry with Fernando Alonso this year, saying it is "off the table" for next season at least.

Alonso was a shock entry to this year's Indy 500 as part of his bid to complete the 'Triple Crown of Motorsport', and impressed by qualifying fifth and leading early on before ultimately retiring due to an engine failure.

Alonso confirmed earlier this year he would not enter the race again in 2018 due to its clash with the Monaco Grand Prix, anticipating a more competitive McLaren car following its switch from Honda to Renault engines.

In an interview with RACER Brown confirmed that despite evaluating a possible entry with an alternative driver, McLaren would not be returning to the Indy 500 in 2018.

"It's off the table. It didn't tick all of the boxes and it will be hard to repeat the awareness we created with Fernando," Brown said.

"But McLaren, we're proud, and when we do things we have to do things the McLaren way.

"We could have gone to Indy next year as just another Indy 500 entry, but that's not McLaren. If we can't do it right and be a big part of the show, then we don't want to do it.

"Also, priorities - how much time am I or we prepared to spend on going to Indy? Because I'd rather the next time we go – whether that be Indy 500 only or IndyCar – it not be a one-off.

"So if we take the decision it's Indy only, I would like it to be Indy only for the next 10 years. Buy a car, partner with a team, but we're committing to it long term. This year was a one-off, crazy idea that turned into a great opportunity."

McLaren has hinted at an interest in a full-time IndyCar entry in the future, but is also known to be evaluating programmes in other championships as part of its push to expand its motorsport portfolio.



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