Formula One (F1) driver Fernando Alonso is currently in the United States of America (USA) this weekend. The Spaniard is spending time with his new Andretti Autosport team-mates. The man from Oviedo, Spain is preparing for the Indy 50 race on May 28.
The McLaren driver will miss the Monaco Grand Prix to switch to the IndyCar race. Alonso has admitted that the jump to a different series will not be easy. However, the driver was given an extra testing day on May 3 after the Russian Grand Prix.
Alonso dreams of becoming a complete driver
The 35-year-old has claimed that he desires to win the best and most prestigious races in the world. The two-time F1 world champion wants to become a more complete driver.
“Four or five year ago I started thinking about who to grow up as a driver and become a more complete driver. To do so, I think you have to win the best and most prestigious races in the world,” Alonso said, as reported by Express.
“How to achieve that is to win F1, Indy 500 and 24 Hours of Le Mans. It’s a very ambitious prospect because only one man in history has achieved it but it was quite attractive at the time.”
Alonso is yet to finish a Grand Prix this season due to the unreliability and lack of power provided by the Honda engine in his McLaren. His Belgian team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne has fared little bit better with one completed race. He finished as the last man across the line at the Australian Grand Prix.
The lack of competitiveness was a big factor in McLaren’s decision to allow Alonso to miss the Monaco Grand Prix. The 35-year-old claims that the idea has been in his head for a number of years. But, the Spaniard thought that he would have to quit F1 to get the chance. The idea of making it happen this year has made him very very proud.
“But I didn’t think that it was possible to attempt until I was retiring from F1. To make it happen this year makes me very very proud,” Alonso stressed.
Zak Brown wants F1 team to have Indy 500 presence every year
McLaren executive director Zak Brown says he would like to see the Formula 1 team competing at Indianapolis every year. This is after Fernando Alonso’s upcoming Indy 500 debut.
“I would like to see McLaren-Honda competing at Indianapolis every year. Originally I thought this was an idea we could pursue in 2018,” Brown said, according to Autosport.com.
“McLaren is a big fan of IndyCar racing, we think it’s fantastic motorsports and I’ve personally been around it my whole life so I’m very excited on a personal level to be here. I’d like to see McLaren here on a more regular basis.”
Two-time world champion Alonso said he was also very open to contesting the race again down the line, but wanted to get through his debut first.
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