One of F1’s biggest stories in 2017 actually involves a rival open-wheel series. Two-time F1 World Driver’s Champion Fernando Alonso is going to skip the Monaco Grand Prix later this month, because he’ll be 4,500 miles away competing in the 101st Indianapolis 500 instead. Alonso races in F1 for the McLaren-Honda team, and for the third season running that partnership is plumbing new depths of unreliability.
Inarguably one of the very best drivers of his generation, Alonso would surely have more championships to his name but for some bad career decisions. But after 14 years in the sport he realizes the chances of beating Michael Schumacher’s record seven championships is not in the cards, and so he has set his sights on a different challenge: winning the triple crown—the Monaco Grand Prix, Indianapolis 500, and 24 Hours of Le Mans.