Formula 1 Two-time champion Fernando Alonso has become an ambassador for McLaren, a role that will include him testing their Formula 1 car this year.

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According to the team, the 37 year old Spaniard who left F1 last year would “help advise the team’s drivers and engineers and drive at selected tests to support the development” of the 2019 and 2020 cars.

Alonso whi is also competing at the Indianapolis 500 this season for a McLaren team said the role was “a true honour” and “just the beginning”.

He added: “McLaren is a special team, and despite the challenges we have endured recently, it remains so.

“I said before I stopped racing in Formula 1 last year that I see myself with McLaren for a long time to come, so I am delighted at this new role and the ability to stay closely involved with the team I feel is my spiritual home.

“We have the Indianapolis 500 in May of course, which I am looking forward to immensely, but this is just the beginning of many things we can do together.

“I am particularly passionate about nurturing young talent, whether that’s with my own team or helping the new generation of Formula 1 drivers at McLaren unlock their true potential.

“This is important to both the team and myself, so will be an especially rewarding part of my role.”

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