Racing fans might have to get used to seeing McLaren-Honda, with or without Fernando Alonso, competing in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. Prior to the Indy 500, he still has to (hopefully) finish two Formula One races, with an IndyCar test in between them. McLaren's Zak Brown spoke to Marshall Pruett over at Racer.com about where McLaren stands on IndyCar and what it would take to get them back there full time.
Speaking to the media at this weekend's Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, Alonso said: "Let's take it day by day and see on May 29 - the Monday afterward - what is the situation, how much I enjoyed the experience, how competitive I felt, and if I had fun, which is the priority for me".
Alonso is scheduled to log his first test laps with Andretti Autosport in preparation for competing in the 101st Indianapolis 500 on Wednesday, May 3, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
"Four or five year ago I started thinking about who to grow up as a driver and become a more complete driver", Alonso added.
Indianapolis was part of the Formula One world championship from 1950 through to 1960 but the winners were all Americans unfamiliar to European audiences and did not compete in grands prix elsewhere.
Montoya: "Stock vehicle racing was fun, but I don't need the every week thing".
Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso, of Spain, sits in a vehicle as he is fitted for an IndyCar before the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama auto race Sunday, April 23, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala. "But as I said before, I'm with the best team possible for the type of lessons that I need to learn".
While Rossi and Sato have Formula One experience, Team Penske's Juan Pablo Montoya could be Alonso's most valuable muse. Formula One tends to have more walls put up around the drivers, so that will be the first thing - getting him used to (sharing information). "My heart goes out to him as I suffered a broken hand a couple years ago and I wouldn't wish that upon anyone. It's the three main things in racing", said Villeneuve. "He is going to have to learn and understand the traffic". He has really good teammates.
"There are many, many things - more than people can imagine", Alonso said.