“He was disappointed as we all were,” said Brown. “We clearly let him down.
“He’s a racer, he understands Indianapolis is unique. He drove brilliantly, he gave it everything he got, he was great with the fans and the media and that’s exactly how he was internally. He just wanted to be competitive.
“I think he wants to go back to Indianapolis. I think it would be great if we did it together.”
Brown said he hasn’t had any discussions with Alonso yet about him returning to the race with the team.
“We haven’t got into that,” he said. “I know Fernando very well and I think one of the reasons we get along as well as we do is I understand how he operates and I think when you come off such a low like that you don’t want to have a microphone in your face 24 hours later when we don’t need to make decisions right now.”
“We have a great relationship with Fernando,” Brown added. “He’s had lots of highs and lows with us. Arguably probably more lows the last three or four seasons.
“He really enjoys McLaren, McLaren enjoys him, he sees what happened, he sees how close we got to making the show and the effort we put in. I think we’re all disappointed but it won’t change the relationship between Fernando and McLaren.”
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