Fernando Alonso will head Indianapolis 500 for the second time in his career next year. The 37-year-old Spaniard comes with McLaren in the most important race of the year in the United States, the team confirmed on Saturday.
Alonso has already led over two hundred tours last year. On behalf of Andretti team made a big impression, although the Formula 1 world champion of 2005 and 2006 ended in the final stages with a broken Honda engine.
The Indy 500 is for Alonso a trip in his hunt for the Triple Crown of Motorsports, winning the Monaco Grand Prix, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Indy 500. Only Brit Graham Hill once managed to challenge this. Alonso has already won GP in Monaco and last summer, Toyota was the best in Le Mans.
"My participation in the Indy 500 in 2017 was an extraordinary experience and I knew I was going back there and I'm very happy to come back with McLaren, because the team has always been my first choice, it's a tough race and we take it against those so it will be a huge challenge, "says Alonso at the McLaren site.
Indy 500 runs every year in May. Last year, Alonso had to pull the Grand Prix of Monaco by participating. After this season, he puts a point behind his Formula 1 career.
Alonso has a rather anonymous F1 season again
Alonso, who, in addition to two world titles three times a second and a third in Formula One, has been walking in his last season in the King's class, as in previous years, quite anonymous around McLaren. The Spaniard is ranked 10th in the World Cup standings.
On Saturday, the experienced Spaniard took the eighth place in the Brazilian Grand Prix, with only Lance Stroll from Williams and teammate Stoffel Vandoorne.
The Brazilian Grand Prix starts at 18.10 on Sunday. In two weeks in Abu Dhabi, the last race of the season and thus the last Grand Prix of Alonso's career will be on schedule.