Red Bull F1 team boss Christian Horner says that McLaren-Honda and Fernando Alonso “barking mad” for allowing the driver to challenge the Indianapolis 500, saying he “needs to see a psychiatrist.”
The Spaniard and McLaren-Honda shocked the racing world this week by announcing that they will tackle the fabled Indy 500 next month, even though it clashes with Monaco.
The Spaniard has a month and a half to prepare for the IndyCar race, and has to do so in between his Formula 1 commitments.
Horner reckons McLaren and the driver are “barking mad” for doing so.
“It’s a difficult one for Fernando, he’s having a tough time,” the Red Bull team boss said in Friday’s press conference in Bahrain.
“Zak [Brown] has got a problem, he’s got a depressed driver on his hands, he’s trying to keep him motivated.
“He’s come up with this idea, send him to Indianapolis. He must be barking mad, it’s the nuttiest race I’ve ever seen.
“No testing, he’s going to just jump in the car… Turn 1 is a proper turn, it’s easy flat the whole way round. I think he needs to see a psychiatrist, personally!”
“Would we let our drivers do it? No. If a driver is with your team it is like like disappearing with another girlfriend halfway through the year and then coming back, doesn’t seem the right thing. Horner added.
“Perhaps if the races didn’t clash, or do it at the end of his Formula One career… but McLaren have got this approach which is perhaps different to ours, but good for them.”