Fernando Alonso insists his 2019 plans have not been damaged by McLaren's decision not to enter IndyCar as he never planned to race a full season in the series.
Earlier this year, Alonso announced that he will not race in Formula One next season and initial reports suggested he will switch to IndyCar to boost his chances of completing motorsport's triple crown of the Monaco Grand Prix, Le Mans 24 Hours and Indy500.
McLaren were reported to be pondering the possibility of running in IndyCar, but on Friday team boss Zak Brown said those plans have been shelved for the time being.
But Alonso insists that announcement does not alter his situation next year.
Speaking to reporters in Austin ahead of the United States Grand Prix, Alonso said: "You found out McLaren won't be running in IndyCar next year, but I've known it since August, so what was said doesn't affect my future plans in the least, as I've known it for a couple of months.
"I went there and tested an IndyCar in September just to know how the cars felt like, but there was no hidden agenda, no other plan for the future.
"Zak announced it, I've read people saying this was a setback for me but it wasn't, because it was never in my plans to do a full IndyCar season, so nothing changed for me."
Alonso is set to keep competing in the World Endurance Championship next year and said that moving to IndyCar would have required too big a commitment.
"My program for next year has been clear for me for many months, but we need to put things together, do a crossover of many plans from different series, different companies and when it will always be settled we'll make the announcement," Alonso added.
"But doing a full IndyCar season was never an option. I'll want to do some IndyCar in the future but not next year for sure.
"That would mean doing 17 races, all in America, learning the category and the tracks from zero, so that would require a commitment and determination that was never in my plans.
"That Zak announced it was for McLaren's benefit as, in any case, I was never in the plans for a full season."
Asked if he could appear one-off again in the Indy500, he added: "Doing a race like we did last year, the Indy 500, is something we're evaluating now but there's no decision taken, far from it."
20 de abril 2019
|Sarri: Chelsea´s League Cup run on par with Tottenham´s heroics|
|Barcelona 2 Real Sociedad 1: Lenglet and Alba bring title closer|
|Inter 1 Roma 1: Perisic answers El Shaarawy stunner|
|La Rochelle edge past Sale to book Challenge Cup final berth|
|Capitals enjoy home comforts again to reign over Kings XI|
|Ronaldo proud of first Serie A season as Juventus celebrate title triumph|
|Ronaldo confirms Juventus stay after Serie A success|
|He´s showing great commitment - Gracia hails match-winner Deulofeu|
|Parker and Fulham ´discussing plans´ for next season|
|Juventus 2018-19: Ronaldo´s goals key to eighth successive Scudetto|
|I´m thankful that I´m playing for them - Vunipola grateful for support at Saracens|
|Newcastle United 3 Southampton 1: Perez hat-trick all but seals safety|
|Juventus 2018-19: Bianconeri join Europe´s fastest title triumphs|
|That point could make the difference - Ryan salutes resolute Brighton|
|Atletico Madrid defender Gimenez dislocates toe in Eibar win|
|Kovac: Patience key to crucial Bayern victory|
|Juventus 2018-19: How the Old Lady won an eighth straight Serie A title|
|Juventus 2018-19: The AC Milan team last to rule before the Bianconeri´s dominance|
|Juventus 2 Fiorentina 1: Bianconeri bounce back to seal Scudetto|
|Juventus seal eighth successive Serie A title|
|Pellegrini blames officials for more dropped West Ham points|
|Valencia appears to confirm Manchester United exit in Instagram post|
|Brumbies hold firm to see off Stormers|
|Halep on form but France draw level in Fed Cup semi|
|Pochettino refuses to criticise officials after missing out on penalty|
|Farrell guides Saracens into Champions Cup final|
|Eibar 0 Atletico Madrid 1: Lemar strikes late at Ipurua|
|Fabulous Fognini ends Nadal´s Monte Carlo winning streak|
|Bournemouth 0 Fulham 1: Mitrovic on target as Parker´s men win again|
|West Ham 2 Leicester City 2: Last-gasp Barnes strike grabs dramatic draw|
|Huddersfield Town 1 Watford 2: Deulofeu double lifts Watford into seventh|
|Wolves 0 Brighton and Hove Albion 0: Hughton´s men stop rot with stalemate|
|Now I am a genius – Guardiola applauds match-winner Foden|
|Bayern Munich 1 Werder Bremen 0: Fortunate Sule strike edges Kovac´s side closer|
|A-League Review: Brisbane Roar in historic humiliation at home to Newcastle Jets|
|Nerves played a part, admits Bernardo Silva|
|New captain Smith makes fifty as Royals triumph|
|Guardiola suggests De Bruyne´s season could be over after Spurs injury|
|Khan giving no thought to Brook ahead of Crawford battle|
|Lajovic reels off 10 straight games to stay perfect in Monte Carlo|
|Gattuso slams ´naive´ AC Milan after Parma draw|
|Manchester City 1 Tottenham 0: Foden nets first league goal as Spurs fail to dent champions´ title d|
|Waratahs rally to victory in Folau´s absence|
|De Bruyne suffers another injury in blow to Manchester City´s title challenge|
|Parma 1 AC Milan 1: Alves equaliser stuns Gattuso´s men|
|Van Dijk & Sterling lead PFA Player of the Year nominations|
|Ravalawa try seals Dragons win as Sea Eagles fume|
|Zidane cool on Mbappe to Real Madrid talk|
|Irving feels Celtics ´have come a long way´ after beating Pacers again|
|Westbrook a man of his word - George hails Thunder star after prickly win|
|Foden set for second league start, Spurs make five changes|
|Barty beats Azarenka to level up Fed Cup semi-final|
|Alisson thrilled at Joe Gomez´s return from injury|
|Neymar in line for PSG return versus Monaco|
|Azema signs new Clermont contract until 2023|
|Falcao: I´ve got years left at top level|
|Crawford aims to state pound-for-pound case against Khan|
|How Emery´s numbers compare to Arsenal predecessor Wenger|
|Hendricks leads Cubs to fourth straight win|
|MLS Review: Ibrahimovic, Galaxy continue fine form|
|Raptors hold off Magic, Celtics extend lead over Pacers|
|Valverde wary of ´powerful´ Liverpool|
|Raptors star Leonard played through sickness against Magic|
|Djokovic upbeat over French Open chances despite form dip|
|Zaha hints at Palace exit, eyes Champions League|
|I messed up – Miller speaks out after second failed test|
|Johnson continues good form, Lowry leads|
|DeGrom to undergo MRI for elbow ailment|
|Guardiola is world´s best coach – Valverde|
|Klopp: Liverpool still embracing pressure|