Published: Sat, April 15, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Alonso sets hectic schedule ahead of Indy 500

Alonso sets hectic schedule ahead of Indy 500

But the Spaniard is set to compete in the Indy 500 later this year and will miss the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix as a result of that.

The two showpiece races take place on May 28 and McLaren - whose fortunes have plummeted in F1 - "will enter a single auto in the 101st Indianapolis 500", said a team statement.

Andretti's team won at the Brickyard previous year with Indy 500 rookie driver Alexander Rossi, the former F1 test driver. "I would never have done it if I had to miss a race for it, especially Monaco".

Meanwhile, Mercedes frontman Hamilton has revealed his own ambitions of swapping motorsport codes - although he insists he would not skip an F1 race to do so. He's a superb driver, fast, smooth and precise, and he won't have lost any of his competitive edge over the past few months.

"There is not a defined plan, still ongoing so I can not answer", he said in Thursday's driver briefing in Bahrain.

Button retired from F1 at the end of 2016, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November being his 305th and, apparently, final outing.

According to the BBC, while McLaren representatives have refrained from confirming or denying rumors on the matter, Alonso will be replaced by Jenson Button.

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Fernando Alonso: "I think the interest is very clear: It's one of the best races in the world and one of the most prestigious races in the world".

"I know it is a one-off because immediately after Indianapolis I will be in Canada and my full focus remains in F1 - this remains a one off but who knows the future also I will attempt more one-off races", Alonso said.

"I don't feel prepared now, I am not in my comfort zone driving those cars or thinking about those cars but I am not afraid of trying, of not delivering a good result", added the 35-year-old, who was confident he would adapt.

Alonso also insisted that his participation in this year's Indianapolis 500 is not as a outcome of McLaren's lack of competitiveness in Formula 1. All teams use a common Dallara DW12 chassis, but McLaren's will be the only one decked out in papaya orange. "I will do the seat testing on Monday". After the Russian GP on April 30, his schedule will become even more hectic.

"We have a good idea of who to put in the vehicle, and we will make a decision no later than the end of the month", said Brown. "I think it would be a very exciting challenge for him to see how strong he can be against those drivers with all that experience". That would be great for the sport.

"So you [could] compete in two different categories in the same year, it's nothing new because of the performance of this year".

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