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Old 12 Apr 2017, 16:27 (Ref:3725872)   #31
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When I saw the headline, I thought it was a bit late for April's fools. It just seemed too good to be true. Not only competing in the Indy 500, but missing the Monaco GP to do it. I know Jim Clark did it, but that was back in 1965!

But now it's happening, this is the best news motorsport has had for a long time. I wonder if it's any coincidence that now Bernie's gone this is happening. Who knows? After all, Bernie wasn't happy the Hulk competed in LM24...

And he's shown he's a real racer by saying he's gonna aim for the Triple Crown, like Graham Hill did. Although Montoya's got the best chance at the moment, all he needs to do is win LM24

Also this is a big boost to Indycars and will raise the profile worldwide of it. Suddenly my faith in motorsport has been raised again
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Old 12 Apr 2017, 16:27 (Ref:3725873)   #32
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All the politics in the world couldn't stop me saying YEAH! when I read the news.

Brilliant.
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Old 12 Apr 2017, 16:41 (Ref:3725879)   #33
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With Alonso driving in the 500 this year, I think it's time to stop both races clashing.
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This is absolutely insane!!!

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It will be a McLaren entry run by Andretti Autosport, which is fitting considering Michael Andretti drove for McLaren in 1993.
Let's hope that Andretti gives him a better car setup than McLaren did then.
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With Alonso driving in the 500 this year, I think it's time to stop both races clashing.
With Liberty Media at the helm (who will surely want to see growth in F1 stateside), that is a distinct possibility. I wouldn't be surprised if they spoke to Alonso/McLaren/Honda in private to help find this solution with no apparent losers.
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Old 12 Apr 2017, 17:18 (Ref:3725886)   #36
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interesting times these are!

JV came pretty close but i dont see him getting another shot at it. as mentioned earlier, JPM has a chance but is LeMans something he wants to do?

i guess more interesting for me is if this is what this means for the future of Mclaren...can they feasibly do both series or is this just a one off?

with a little over a month until the Indy 500 this idea seems like a really late idea in terms of preparation at least...surely if he is serious about the 'triple crown' he should run an oval race once or twice before Indy no?
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With Alonso driving in the 500 this year, I think it's time to stop both races clashing.
Perhaps, but with different disciplines being so specialized, this an anomaly. If McLeran were where Ferrari or Mercedes are right now, no chance this happens.

Besides, I like waking up and watching Monaco, then the 500 and top it off with a 600 miler on an American holiday weekend. Greatest single day in motor racing, outside another "day" in June

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with a little over a month until the Indy 500 this idea seems like a really late idea in terms of preparation at least...surely if he is serious about the 'triple crown' he should run an oval race once or twice before Indy no?
That was my first thought and the closest I can get to a comparison is Nigel being a rookie and nearly winning the 500, finishing third. He raced at Surfers and crashed at PIR, according to his wiki page. Is this correct? If so, that's not much prep at all before the month of May.
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Incredible development!!

Something going on as why would team/manufacturer want to lose their best chance of a strong result in Monaco?!
Yeah - the Indy 500!
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JPM has a chance but is LeMans something he wants to do?
You never know.

He did of course do a test in a Porsche LMP1 car at Bahrain last year (or the year before that)
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Brilliant news well done to all concerned the viewing audience is going to be massive, they might ask Alex Rossi to drive his F1 ride ?
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Very interesting news indeed!

But there are still some questions that need answers.

Is it already confirmed that Button will drive in Monaco? Until now I read some rumors about that, but afaik there is no official confirmation yet.
Could a different driver step in? Is there anyone except Button on McLarens radar?

And the second question is: Does it really make sense to miss the Monaco weekend? It might be the best opportunity for McLaren to get some decent points and Alonso racing somewhere else might hurt them badly at the end of the season in the constructors championship.
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Is it already confirmed that Button will drive in Monaco? Until now I read some rumors about that, but afaik there is no official confirmation yet.
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interesting times these are!

JV came pretty close but i dont see him getting another shot at it. as mentioned earlier, JPM has a chance but is LeMans something he wants to do?

i guess more interesting for me is if this is what this means for the future of Mclaren...can they feasibly do both series or is this just a one off?

with a little over a month until the Indy 500 this idea seems like a really late idea in terms of preparation at least...surely if he is serious about the 'triple crown' he should run an oval race once or twice before Indy no?


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Perhaps, but with different disciplines being so specialized, this an anomaly. If McLeran were where Ferrari or Mercedes are right now, no chance this happens.

Besides, I like waking up and watching Monaco, then the 500 and top it off with a 600 miler on an American holiday weekend. Greatest single day in motor racing, outside another "day" in June .
I like watching both races of a Sunday too but I think it's good for motorsport if drivers from one series can compete in an other. It was good to see Hulkenberg win at Le Mans in 2015, with Porsche and a shame he wasn't able to defend that win in 2016 because the Azerbaijan European Grand Prix clashed. Someone has seen some sense and no GPs will clash with Le Mans this year.
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I like watching both races of a Sunday too but I think it's good for motorsport if drivers from one series can compete in an other. It was good to see Hulkenberg win at Le Mans in 2015, with Porsche and a shame he wasn't able to defend that win in 2016 because the Azerbaijan European Grand Prix clashed. Someone has seen some sense and no GPs will clash with Le Mans this year.
I believe the lack of clash is actually an accident. The original schedule was a clash, but when the German GP was removed from the calender, the Azerbaijan round was moved to even out the gap between races.
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