“I have maximum respect for this race and everyone who competes in it and all I want to do is race against them and give my best, as always.”
The Spaniard had been expected to be a part of the Andretti Autosport effort, however, a last minute veto by Honda, engine provider to the Andretti team, nixed the deal and left the Spaniard without a seat.
Despite this, the two-time Formula 1 world champion maintained that he will be competing with his first choice team.
“It was important for me to explore my options for this race but Arrow McLaren SP has always been at the top.
“I have a special relationship with McLaren; we’ve been through a lot together and that creates a bond, a loyalty that is strong.
“But more than that, I am impressed with how the new organisation and operation is developing into a strong package with the Chevrolet partnership. The team has experienced, well-qualified people and great resources, and I’m confident we can be competitive.
“I’m focused and excited to begin our preparations. It will also be great to work with Oliver and Pato, two fantastic young talents for the future who are growing all the time.”