« No need to risk my life »

This weekend, for the fifth time in the last eight editions, a former Formula 1 driver won the Indianapolis 500. After Juan Pablo MontoyaAlexander Rossi and Takuma Satoit was Marcus Ericsson who won thanks to a controlled performance, against a packed field that included former elite players like Montoya, Rossi and Sato, but also Romain Grosjean.

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From there to give ideas to current F1 drivers? Fernando Alonso had tried his luck in 2017, 2019 and 2020, without success in his quest for a triple crown – victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 500 Miles of Indianapolis and, depending on the definitions, the Monaco Grand Prix or the Formula 1 World Championship. As far as reigning World Champion Max Verstappen is concerned, however, there is no particular desire to drive on ovals at an average speed of more than 360 km/h.

« I appreciate what they do »comments the Red Bull driver. « It’s crazy. These drivers, I have a lot of respect for what they’re doing there. But personally, me who’s been in F1 for a long time already, I don’t need to risk my life there. , to risk hurting myself, breaking my leg, etc… it’s not worth it anymore, let’s put it that way. »

On the other hand, Verstappen does not rule out participating one day in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. « I love Endurance racing, so I probably will – hopefully soon, but for me it doesn’t really matter. I obviously try to be good at F1, I try to be good at everything I do, but the quest for the triple crown or whatever, that doesn’t interest me. »

The verdict is similar from the side of Lando Norris, who watched the 500 Miles on Sunday evening and hailed Pato O’Ward’s second-place finish for Arrow McLaren SP. « These guys have huge cojones (sic) »writes Norris in his column for the Telegraph. « I’m not sure I’ll be seen racing the Indy 500 one day, although I really want to try endurance racing one day, so Le Mans is a goal. For now, I’m fully focused on F1. »

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