Alonso to miss Monaco GP to race at Indycar!

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  1. Bas Jaski

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  2. Beau365

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    That has to be the crappiest timing. He has a chance of decent points around MC
     
  3. maulaf

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    awesome and bizarre are the two words coming to mind :)
     
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    I swore that I said last year was the last time I watched the Commercials500 but this year I'll be watching with interest.
     
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    Presumably it'll be Button back in the car in MC then?
     
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    Interesting.......is he trying to break his contract with Mc/Honda??
     
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  8. Bas Jaski

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    I reckon this'll be his first shot at Indycar win, he wants the triple crown. Next year drive with Porsche in LMS but possibility of LMS series race falling on same date as indycar again if he needs another shot...
     
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    on the contrary, as per article
     
  10. Jeronimo GTO

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    My thoughts exactly. Nando is obsessed with how history will look at him.

    Still very strange all this...
     
  11. nerofer

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    That will be interesting, of course, but the bottom line is that he really must be bored to death with the McLaren-Honda to miss a race with a solid chance for points.
    Knowing Fernando's luck, J.B will drive the McLaren-Honda for this one G.P and score a podium.

    Rgds
     
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    Good for him!
     
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    +1 and this before my morning coffee. Unreal.
     
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    Good bye ...try nascar next....
     
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    Must be nice to be playing in both fields......diversification.....whether he will make it in Indycar is yet another story. Im gonna watch that race with intrigue just because he is in it.
     
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    Good for him. He wants to race in something different. Why not. Life is short and does anyone think for second Mclaren will be on the podium. I dont certainly not in a dry race. They simply dont have the pace. I hope he enjoy the 500.
     
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    Agreed. Just go away already
     
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    #20 jgonzalesm6, Apr 12, 2017
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    Alonso with Mc/Honda plus Andretti Autosport reps
    alonso indy 500 group.jpg
    mclaren indycar.jpg
     
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    I guess when you're the best driver in the world, you can do these things. Good for him.
     
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    I expect that Mario is part of the package. Alonso will need some intense, expert coaching in the fine art of set-up, qualifying and racing at Indianapolis. He couldn't have a better mentor than Mario. What worries me is the wide disparity of driving ability and team preparation in Indycar at the moment. There are many young guns who pull banzai moves in the series, all of these guys are going to want to show that they can beat a 2 time WDC. His rookie test should be interesting.
     
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    I hope he'll do like Mansell and not like Piquet
     
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    He is still desperate to prove he is the best driver in the world, he can't do it in F1 anymore.

    Lets see him drive like an animal at Indy.

    Jenson probably coming back ...what next Nicole coming back too ?:)
     
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    A bit of context: last years winner was Alexander Rossi who won as a rookie for Andretti Motorsport. I don't think that anyone has touted him as WDC material.
     
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    I must say I'm waiting for Lewis' reaction on that news...will he be green with envy, or will he just scoff at it?

    Rgds
     
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    But he's one guy who did have some brief F1 experience.
     
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    ...of power
     
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    True, it'll be extraordinary circumstances IF they manage the podium or top 5 even. But crazy stuff has happened and if they're going to happen, they'll probably end up happning to Alonso. My guess: His Honda blows up and Mclaren get double points finish in MC :D

    Remind you of Monaco '96...just 3 cars finishing with a Ligier winning it, lol

    Was quite a bit of luck involved though, wasn't it? IMO that's quite often the case with Indy500, though I'm not a big fan of oval racing, only watch the 500 really...
     
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    With the way McLaren is positioned, he's not going to lose the WDC by missing Monaco. Might be an opportunity for him to actually be competitive for a weekend. It's cool to see a "Jean Girard" play in our sandbox.
     
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    Never watched it, I'll give it a shot this year.
     
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    ...powered by a Honda.
    Well, a Mugen-Honda, but nevertheless a Honda.

    Rgds
     
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    +1 on the craziness of Monaco. FA feels its not worth the effort and I applaud him going to Indy. He is a racer. Whats not to like :)
     
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    "Hello Michael, this isn't Ron. Do you remember you said all those years ago that if we let you go you owed us a really big favor: well we're calling it in""

    And I think it will be fascinating especially given Alonso's comments about how massively he enjoyed the last two races
     
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    The french press is reproducing a line from the McLaren communiqué saying that "the identity of the pilot who will be driving Fernando's car in Monaco will be revealed in due time".

    Rgds
     
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    I swore I wasn't going to watch it again after last year but this is quite interesting so I will. :)
    Didn't even think of that, very cool.
    True. And realistically speaking, Indy500 is where he actually has a decent chance of winning, Monaco, even with a completely bonkers race...Hmm. It would mean the Mercs, Ferraris, Red Bulls, STR's and presumably Massa + Force India's to crash out....AND that Honda lasting an entire race (luckily this is a short race :D). Quite big odds.

    That said, I'd probably never tire of lapping Monaco and I'd prefer to take my chances there, not many races left for him at Monaco. Last year a 49 year old was on the grid at Indy...
     
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    At a different point in his career, Jim Clark skipped Monaco to go to Indy.


    He won.
     
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    The real question is whether Alonso will finish ahead of Sato.
     
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    I can see Alonso's thinking: Being lapped around Monaco would be very embarrassing!
     
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    What does this say about Honda with regards to Alonso? While a disastrous 3 and possibly 4th seasons/season in F1 they are really committed to the Spaniard in both venues(F1/IndyCar)....he(FA) is in good company and in a good company.
     
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    You forgot the Haas, the Renaults, the Saubers







    and Lance Stroll...
     
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    Need to start a poll re: which lap he crashes into the turn 4 wall
    Was a good driver, continuing to make a joke of his career
    Sad
     
  48. Bas Jaski

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    Please provide more on this fascinating insight, this is news to me.
     
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    I love it. Loved it when Mansell came over, so it's only natural I love this. I'm happy more than anything for Indycar. Such close racing it deserves more world wide recognition and Alonso will give them that, if only for one race. Without a doubt, I'm going to Indianapolis with this move.
     
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    Excited to see this.
     

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