McLaren Formula One Driver Fernando Alonso Will Skip Monaco To Race At The Indy 500

Fernando Alonso on his way to a DNF at the most recent F1 Grand Prix. Photo Credit: Getty Images
Fernando Alonso on his way to a DNF at the most recent F1 Grand Prix. Photo Credit: Getty Images

The perpetually sad car beard man and two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso will go from running the saddest car in F1 to competing in the most under-appreciated race in motorsports, the Indy 500.


Alonso will be skipping the Monaco Grand Prix to make the race, which is fine. It’s fine. What is he missing, really? A 38th-place finish? Whatever. Give Indy a shot.

McLaren says in its press release that it will be running a car, but admits “the car will be run by the Andretti Autosport team,” and it will be a Dallara DW12 chassis like the rest of the field. If you’re having dreams of how Lotus came to Indy back in the ‘60s with a totally new chassis design, dash them now.


(I’m sorry for sounding jaded. This is really cool.)

It will be Honda-powered, which has some synergy with McLaren’s Honda-powered F1 effort. Well, ‘powered’ is a strong word.

“I’m immensely excited that I’ll be racing in this year’s Indy 500, with McLaren, Honda and Andretti Autosport,” Alonso presumably mumbled through the press conference. Whether or not he’s excited about his F1 car is, uh, a conclusion that you’re going to have to draw yourself.

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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This is fantastic. Not for the Indy 500 part, but for the spit in the face of Monaco.
Even if it’s glamourous, if it’s heritage, if it’s tradition... Monaco is shit.
It’s the worst race year in, year out, no contest. And this year, with the larger cars, it will be even worst, it’s going to be terrible.

I applaud Alonso, he’s a racer, he wants to race. Monaco is not a race, it’s a parade to entertain rich people who know nothing about Formula 1.