Alonso uncertain about his future in Indianapolis

In recent years, Fernando Alonso has set itself the goal of winning the Triple Crown, an honorary title awarded to drivers who have won three of the most prestigious events in motorsport: the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 500 Miles of ‘Indianapolis. To date, the double World Champion has two successes in the Principality (2006 and 2007) and in the Sarthe (2018 and 2019). It only lacks a victory on the famous Brickyard.

Alonso’s two attempts across the Atlantic were unsuccessful. In 2017, the Spaniard led the dance for several laps before an engine failure put him out of the race at the end of the course. And last year he saw the checkered flag in 21st place after facing clutch issues. Alonso’s biggest setback to the 500 Miles remains his 2019 attempt with Mclaren, unable to reach the top 33 in qualifying to be able to take the start.

Now focusing on his new Formula 1 schedule with Alpine, Alonso’s efforts in Indianapolis have been put on hold for now. However, Jacques Villeneuve, winner of the 1995 500 Miles and 1997 Formula 1 World Champion, recently expressed his skepticism about the Spanish driver’s further attempt in the United States. Villeneuve thus suggested that the need to take part in other races on the oval to perfect Alonso’s apprenticeship in Indianapolis took too much effort.

« I think that'[Alonso] stopped trying: he was performing well in the first year and then he realized that if he only did this race [en IndyCar], it was almost impossible to win it « , he told the Gazzetta dello Sport. « He should run on all the ovals and that doesn’t suit him. »

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Asked by Based on the Canadian’s comments ahead of the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, Alonso admitted that it was possible to no longer see him competing in the 500 Miles. However, he also clarified that his decision would not be influenced by outside comments.

« I think we all have different opinions and views on how to run or achieve goals », he says. « It is certain that what other people say about your own dreams and goals will not affect the way you think or see things. So if I participate again [aux 500 Miles], it will be for the Triple Crown or to try to obtain the victory. But I don’t know if I would do it again or not. « 

« If that doesn’t happen, it’s not because someone said I won’t be able to win. If I don’t [les 500 Miles] again, it’s because I don’t feel the motivation to do it. « 

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