Point-seeking Button replaces Alonso at Monaco Grand Prix

15 April, 2017, 02:30 | Author: Douglas Reid
  • McLaren driver waves to crowd in China- but he won't be doing the same in the Monaco race

Recall, McLaren competed in the Indy 500 in the 1970s, winning the race in 1974 and '76 thanks to the efforts of Johnny Rutherford.

"Put it this way, the team he'll be racing for won the race past year, using the same Honda engine, and he's the best racing driver in the world".

However, Alonso is giving himself plenty of time to practice in Indiana.

"And probably a NASCAR race or something like Daytona 500". No doubt the 36-year old Spaniard and McLaren/Honda jockey will attract even more attention this year as organizers try to outdo themselves from last year's spectacular one-hundredth running of the race.

"The entire INDYCAR community - competitors, fans, media, everyone - is delighted and excited at the prospect of a driver as brilliant as Fernando making his debut in our series", said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, which owns Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Verizon IndyCar Series. "I'm not in my comfort zone driving those cars or thinking of those cars".

Alonso's motivation is part of a wider ambition that also includes the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race.

R&T: Will you be able to learn the track on a simulator before the first test? With the same team it's a win-win situation.

The team first raced at Indy in 1970 with the M15.

"But I consider myself a racer, a complete driver adapting myself to any type of auto in any conditions and the best way to show this to the world is to compete in different categories and try to win them." .

"There were two options". "The second one is to win different series in different years".

"So, that's very challenging - but attractive as well".

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"As soon as I can", he said.

Look I know I'm not a professional racer, but I feel like watching IndyCar on TV and on your computer can only do so much.

Cape Town - Lewis Hamilton wants McLaren to put Jenson Button in the auto for the Monaco GP as "his calibre is higher than any other driver" on the short list.

Andretti's team won at the Brickyard previous year with Indy 500 rookie driver Alexander Rossi, the former F1 test driver.

Naturally, Alonso's sponsors had to consider what it would mean for them to lose the great driver for such a high profile race in Monaco.

"The plan, at the moment is that next weekend I will be in Alabama just visiting the race and meeting the team members to see how things go there". "I will do the seat testing on Monday".

Honda is the supplier of McLaren's power units in Formula One and is one of the key reasons for the team's poor performance in the current season, and recent past ones.

Grosjean admitted: "If I was a team boss one day, no, I would not let him do it". It also reflects the technical versatility of McLaren and Honda.

"I hope Jenson comes back, and it would be great for the sport to have him back in", Hamilton said.

Alonso, however, is realistic enough to know that, under better circumstances, he would have been racing in Monaco. In 2015, F1 driver Nico Hulkenberg won Le Mans with Porsche. He retired from F1 in 2016, but won the 2009 World Championship, and has won 15 races overall.

Either way, we're all counting on you, J-Butts.

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