McLaren's Alonso wants to fight for 2018 World Championship

Ross Houston
May 19, 2017

This is what Oriol told us about the upcoming race that will take place on May 28th and its importance on the motor sports scene this year.

Alonso, who is now in his 16th season as a Formula 1 driver, revealed he has had his eyes set on an appearance in IN for a long time.

Teaching Fernando Alonso, one of the best racers in the world - arguably the best - how to drive is a waste of time.

It's mid-afternoon on the second day of practice for the 101st running of the Indy 500. So I think that with time it will get a little bit more relaxed, and people will get a little bit more used to seeing me here, as if you are a normal racer here.

OS: Well, I like Karaoke, cooking and I will open my new restaurant in Santa Monica called "Poking" and it will be based on Hawaiian style cousine "Poke". "I think tomorrow we will concentrate on alone and qualifying, but the priority is the race", Alonso said. "We executed qualifying well and I felt confident in the vehicle". He's one of the drivers that is in the conversation for greatest living racing drivers. Because once race weekend comes around, it's go time. At the moment for me, the whole event as a driver keeps adding quality, experience and I think I will finish the event as a better driver. But once I did, there was one thing that nothing could have prepared me for: the raw, unfiltered feeling of power.

He was the fourth-fastest driver of the day during Thursday's practice and said he will spend Friday prepping for the traditional four-lap run to earn his spot in the field.

"So I still have to live so many moments and experiences here that I will wait until Monday the 29th to really think about the possibility of coming back to do more things, after I've thought how everything was".

Alonso will be competing in the Indianapolis 500. "If I'm able to enjoy it [at Indy] and I'm able to have another opportunity, why not?"

When asked what the reaction to Alonso's participation has been like among the 32 drivers he will contest the Indy 500 alongside, Hinchcliffe told ESPN: "Just huge excitement to have a guy with his credentials and following to come here".

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