, Fernando Alonso will skip the Monaco Grand Prix to race in the 101st running of the Indy 500 in a sixth car for Andretti Autosport.
No, this is not an April Fools joke. That's over. Pinch yourself. This is real.Yes. You read that right. How? Why? What? Huh? A current F1 driver will be missing the Monaco Grand Prix in order to run at Indianapolis? What is this, 1965?
It isn't 1965, but it sounds like it's really going to happen. Racer says that a deal was brokered between McLaren chief Zak Brown and IndyCar head Mark Miles that'll see the 2005 and 2006 F1 world champion in a sixth car for Andretti Autosport this May at Indy. Reportedly, Jenson Button will be taking Alonso's seat for the Monaco Grand Prix.
Make no mistake, this is a BIG deal. Alonso is one of, if not the best driver in the world and has been saddled with crap equipment for years. Running with Andretti Autosport would pair Alonso with the team that won the 500 in 2014 and 2016.
This is the first time an active F1 driver has run the Indy 500 in about 23 years, when Teo Fabi ran the race in 1984.