Fernando Alonso is aware that next week in the Indianapolis 500 he will have his last chance to win the ‘Triple Crown’ so coveted by him. The experienced Spaniard will return to Formula 1 after this season, at Renault.
Alonso has already won the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Grand Prix of Monaco in Formula 1. The victory of the Indy 500, which will be held on Sunday next week, means the ‘Triple Crown’ in motorsport. Nineteen-year-old Dutchman Rinus van Kalmthout is also one of the contenders for the Indy 500.
“I do approach the Indy 500 with the idea that it will be impossible to compete for the next two years. If I wanted to, I would miss the qualifying weekend,” Alonso told Motorsport.com.
“And next year I won’t be driving for McLaren in Formula 1 (the team he drives the Indy 500 with, ed.), So that won’t help either. I won’t be here for the next two years. It is what it is. . ”
39-year-old Alonso will have a quiet six months after next week’s Indy 500. “In it I will prepare myself physically and mentally for my return to Formula 1. I will sit in the simulator at Renault a few times and visit two or three Grands Prix.”
Alonso is Renault’s successor to Daniel Ricciardo, who will move to McLaren in 2021. The other seat in the French factory team is occupied by Esteban Ocon.
Fernando Alonso became Formula 1 world champion in 2005 and 2006 on behalf of Renault. (Photo: Pro Shots)