Bob Fernley is back. Just months after leaving his role as Deputy Team Principal of Force India, following the F1 team’s takeover led by Lawrence Stroll, Fernley returns to spearhead McLaren’s 2019 Indianapolis 500 effort…
Fernley has more than 40 years of experience working in motorsport, which includes spending time in the United States and a stint in IndyCar. He was Force India’s second in command from 2008, when the former Jordan, Midland and Spyker team was rebranded, until August this year.
McLaren announced plans to return to the Indianapolis 500 next year with Fernando Alonso, as the Spaniard bids to add victory at the famous oval to his wins at the Monaco Grand Prix and Le Mans 24 Hours and in doing so, become only the second driver after Graham Hill to win the fabled Triple Crown.
McLaren say their IndyCar project is completely separate to their F1 operation. As a result, Fernley has been drafted in to build and lead a technical team that will be purely focused on the iconic race in 2019, while also “helping to evaluate the feasibility of a longer-term McLaren involvement in IndyCar.”