Spanish Fernando Alonso will miss the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix to race the Indianapolis 500, the McLaren team announced.
Alonso, double Formula 1 world champion, will compete in the United States with the Andretti Autosport team. The car will be powered by a Honda engine, the same factory that supplies the engines to the McLaren team.
The British team indicated that the 500 miles will be the only race of the 2017 IndyCar series in which Alonso will participate.
"McLaren-Honda will announce in due course the name of the driver who will take Fernando's place in Monaco," McLaren added in their statement.
“It is one of the most famous races in the world, at the height of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Monaco Grand Prix, and of course I regret my absence in Monaco this year. But it will be the only race that I miss and I will get back on the MCL32 to play the Canadian Grand Prix in June ”, explained Alonso.
“I have won the Monaco Grand Prix twice and one of my ambitions is to win the Triple Crown (Monaco, Indianapolis and Le Mans), something that only one driver in history has achieved: Graham Hill. It's a tough challenge, but I'm going to try. I don't know when I will race at Le Mans, but one day I will. I'm only 35 years old and I still have plenty of time to do it, ”he concluded.[sam_pro id = "0_2" codes = "true"]