Fernando Alonso will dip his toe in IndyCar, competing in the Indianapolis 500. The two time world champion will compete in a McLaren Honda run by Andretti for the event. “I’ve never raced an IndyCar car before, and neither have I ever driven on a super-speedway, but I’m confident that I’ll get to grips with it fast,” Alonso said. “I’ve watched a lot of IndyCar action on TV and online, and it’s clear that great precision is required to race in close proximity with other cars on the far side of 220mph. I realise I’ll be on a steep learning curve, but I’ll be flying to Indianapolis from Barcelona immediately after the Spanish Grand Prix, practicing our McLaren Honda Andretti car at Indy from May 15th onwards.” The event clashes with the Monaco GP weekend. Alonso has insisted he will only miss one Formula One race this season but, with his contract at McLaren up at the end of the year, it’s possible IndyCar could be on the Spaniard’s cards for 2018. It’s not confirmed who will replace Alonso for the Monaco GP, possibly McLaren’s best chance at finishing in the points, but the team do still have Jenson Button on the books, and it’s widely expected the Brit will take over for the event. For more Formula One news and discussions head over to the RaceDepartment Formula One sub forum and join in with your fellow community members. Would you like to see Alonso switch to IndyCar full time? Should McLaren put a young driver in the car, or stick with Button? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.