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Alonso wants Indy 500-style orange McLaren for 2018 F1

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Fernando Alonso has admitted he would like McLaren to adopt an all orange colour scheme in F1 this year.

Last year, the Spaniard drove the British team’s orange and black livery, but then contested the fabled Indy 500 with an all ‘papaya’ McLaren entry.

“I’m happy with any colour, but orange is part of the DNA of McLaren,” Alonso is quoted by Speed Week.

“So it would be nice if we saw an orange car like my Indycar,” he admitted.

An unnerved experience at Daytona

Alonso believes he has gained vital experience for a future crack at the Le Mans 24 Hours after finishing 38th in the Daytona endurance race on Sunday.

The Spanish former Formula One world champion’s campaign in Florida was derailed by mechanical problems that included two brake failures in his United Autosports Ligier JS P217.

The McLaren F1 driver admitted however he had been unnerved by the experience.

“You’re scared a little bit, no doubt,” Alonso said. “It happened two times in the first corner – you’re right there at 300-310 kilometres an hour then you hit the brakes and there’s no brakes.

“At night, you don’t see clearly the tire wall or the escape road, so there was even a little more of a scare.”

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