From the current Formula 1 field, Fernando Alonso is the only driver to have competed in the Indianapolis 500. In 2017, as a McLaren driver, he skipped the Monaco Grand Prix to take part in the legendary race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This went far beyond expectations, as Alonso spent a long time in the race in the first places and finally retired with 20 laps from the end with engine problems. In 2019 he made a failed attempt to qualify for the race with McLaren but succeeded again a year later. That year was also the only time Alonso saw the checkered flag at the Indy 500 by finishing 21st.
Alonso has now been back in Formula 1 for more than a year, this time as an Alpine driver. Of course, with the Indy 500 approaching again, the Spaniard is once again being asked about future participation in the race. At the moment he seems to have little left of it. “I haven’t changed my mind yet, but I haven’t really thought about it either. I feel good, physically and mentally fresh enough to continue for a few more years [in F1]† I don’t know if it will be before or after the summer, but I hope to have some news,” Alonso said ASH†
“When it comes to Indy, I’ve always gone by feel. In 2016 I didn’t see any challenges outside of Formula 1 and in 2018 I had them in mind so I decided to step out for a few years. After that I felt like maybe with the new regulations it would make sense to go back to F1 and try to do well. I don’t plan long-term, I just go with my gut feeling. At the moment I feel like I have to stay in Formula 1 for a few more years. At the moment I would say that I will not be driving the Indy 500 in the future, but in two years it could be so different,” continued Alonso, who is also interested in a Dakar restart. “I would drive the Dakar again. You can still do that later, like Carlos Sainz and other top drivers do. We’ll see, but right now I don’t know.”
Alonso’s contract with Alpine expires at the end of 2022. The racing team has already indicated that they want to tie the knot around the British Grand Prix when choosing between Alonso and the current reserve driver Oskar Piastr†