McLaren IndyCar president Robert Fernley has parted ways with the team following Fernando Alonso’s failure to qualify for the Indianapolis 500.

According to multiple reports, Fernley, who was drafted in last year to lead McLaren’s assault on the Indy 500, has departed the team less than 24 hours after Alonso’s shock elimination from qualifying.

The two-time Formula 1 world champion missed out on a spot on the Indy 500 grid during qualifying ‘Bump Day’, as American Kyle Kaiser pipped Alonso’s four-lap average by just 0.019mph on the last run.

Fernley, who previously acted as deputy team principal of the Force India squad, was appointed by McLaren to head up its Indy 500 operation in November last year.

It is understood Fernley’s initial contract with McLaren only ran up to the race, which takes place on Sunday.

Alonso had hoped to win the prestigious event at his second attempt to complete his quest to become just the second driver in history to take victories in the Monaco Grand Prix, 24 Hours of Le Mans and Indy 500 - a feat known as the ‘triple crown’ of motorsport.

 

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