Alonso to skip Monaco to race Indy 500

Alonso to skip Monaco to race Indy 500

The switch has been made easier by McLaren's lack of competitiveness in Formula One, with the once-great team now last in the championship without a point after two races and Alonso clearly frustrated with the situation.

Watching F1 racer Fernando Alonso pass on the Monaco Grand Prix to race in this year's Indianapolis 500 got Hamilton thinking in broader terms.

With Alonso missing the Monaco Grand Prix to take part in the Indy 500, it didn't take long for McLaren fans to ramp up the speculation of a possible Formula 1 return for 2009 champion Button.

"I was truly delighted when Jenson accepted our suggestion that he race at Monaco instead of Fernando", said Boullier.

"Next weekend I will be in Alabama just visiting the race and meeting the team members to see how things go there", he said, referring to the third round of the Indy Car season at Barber Motorsports Park on April 21-23.

Button was replaced by Stoffel Vandoorne for the current season, but McLaren retain the option of promoting the 2009 world champion back into the cockpit in 2018. "I want to the best driver and the most complete driver in the world", said Alonso, adding that he needs to know how it is to handle the cars through the oval and the backstretch while driving so close to each other.

"It is very challenging but I am not afraid of doing it, I am not afraid that I will be completely ready when the racing starts because it is very challenging and very attractive as well, I am looking forward to this event".

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McLaren are back in the Indianapolis 500 for the first time in 38 years with Alonso's entry, a Dallara DW12 chassis run by Andretti Autosport.

"On the planes, I will try and look at some videos and races from past years and try to learn as quick as I can".

Although it would have been logical for Button to take part in next week's post-Bahrain GP test - or even run in a free practice session in Spain or Russian Federation - to better understand this year's revamped, McLaren thinks there is more to gain by concentrating on simulators. I'm supremely fit, having done a lot of triathlon training recently, so I have no worries on that score.

"I think it's probably good for him", Ecclestone told reporters in Bahrain.

He explained also how keen he was to make his mark on motor racing with a bid to land a "triple crown" by winning Monaco, Indianapolis and the Le Mans 24 Hours.

"I think he needs to see a psychiatrist, personally!" McLaren and Honda are working on rebuilding their 2017-model vehicle but there is no guarantee it will be any more competitive than their current effort.

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