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Old 12 Apr 2017, 18:11 (Ref:3725913)   #46
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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.
"The month of May" now starts on the 15th, so Alonso can hit his home GP and then concentrate the rest of the month on Indy, so there's the possibility this can be scheduled out in the future, but it's up to F1 to move the Monaco date. The 500 won't move my lifetime and there'd have to be a large enough gap in the calendar to make this reasonably possible.

What are the chances of Monaco moving the date and F1 having a long enough void in the calendar? Not disagreeing with you; just asking questions....
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Old 12 Apr 2017, 18:53 (Ref:3725931)   #47
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There doesn't have to be a clash. F1 drivers could still get plenty of Indy practice in through May if the Monaco GP moved back a weekend or 2 surely? Then they could still enter both like the good old days.

Monaco wasn't always at the end of May...
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There doesn't have to be a clash. F1 drivers could still get plenty of Indy practice in through May if the Monaco GP moved back a weekend or 2 surely? Then they could still enter both like the good old days.

Monaco wasn't always at the end of May...
If they move it (the Monaco GP), they'll probably put it on the Le Mans weekend

Other than that, a very brave decision by Alonso -- and McLaren.
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Monaco is traditionally held on the Sunday following Ascension Thursday although that does not alway hold true in recent years.
I seem to remember Mario Andretti criss crossing the Atlantic to do both Indy and the Monaco GP in the 70's.
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It's all good, that's why we continue to love racing isn't it ..
totally.

i cant get over just how much of a chance he is taking and just how admirable i am finding this decision.

to be honest, my opinion of FA over the years has been up and down but i really didnt ever see myself ever rooting for him again...but i am! regardless of how well he does, this is why i love sports!
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I don't think it's a coincidence that F1 runs Monaco and Nascar runs Charlotte on the same weekend of Indy. It prevents any of their drivers heading to Indy and supporting a rival series. Which is a great shame. I bet if F1 and Nascar in particular left it a clear weekend we'd have a lot more crossovers happening. Although, Nascar it's not so important to run every race anymore, just a race win allows you into the playoffs.

Maybe Alonso's entrance will make other F1 drivers sit up and say, "hey what is this Indy 500, maybe I should give it a go"

There's so many practise sessions pre-race that Alonso will have done the full race many times over. If he's going to crash big time, it'll be before race day. Kurt did alright for his first time in a single seater. Honda have a great chance this year as well. I think this decision would not have been made until after the first 2 races of the Indycar season where Honda has shown strong pace for once. I bet he wouldn't be doing Indy if Penske were sitting 1-2-3-4 in qualifying like they were a couple of seasons ago in the first races.

He's going to have some strong competition from Penske, Dixon, RHR and the other Andretti boys, even Hinch. Ganassi's entire switch to Honda was about the Indy 500 and Dixon was dominant there in 2015 and came up short so you know they're hungry. Helio and Kanaan might be in there final 500's, Montoya has something to prove after being fired for Newgarden. Hinch and RHR were really strong last year and Munoz was fastest at the end but just ran out of time to catch Rossi.

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I don't think it's a coincidence that F1 runs Monaco and Nascar runs Charlotte on the same weekend of Indy. It prevents any of their drivers heading to Indy and supporting a rival series. Which is a great shame.
An attitude I hate - a stronger motor sport is a stronger F1.
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A race started on the same weekend as the 500 to keep drivers from running in a competing series was no unique situation decades ago, especially on Memorial Day weekend. What survived became tradition and that's hard to break, even though there's been a few to pull the double.

I for one hope we can start getting more cross overs in all motor racing. Alas, it's best for series right now to concentrate on their product and not concern themselves with what the others are doing.

Perhaps this will help encourage more cooperation....
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A race started on the same weekend as the 500 to keep drivers from running in a competing series was no unique situation decades ago, especially on Memorial Day weekend. What survived became tradition and that's hard to break, even though there's been a few to pull the double.

I for one hope we can start getting more cross overs in all motor racing. Alas, it's best for series right now to concentrate on their product and not concern themselves with what the others are doing.

Perhaps this will help encourage more cooperation....
I don't see why a series can't concentrate on their product, as well as getting more driver cross overs. If an F1 driver wants to do Indy, great and if an IndyCar driver wants to do Le Mans, that's great as well; Bourdais does both. This has got to be good for motorsport in general.
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I don't see why a series can't concentrate on their product, as well as getting more driver cross overs. If an F1 driver wants to do Indy, great and if an IndyCar driver wants to do Le Mans, that's great as well. This is good for motorsport in general.
Indeed it is good for us "motorsports fans" like you and I but altering your product for the sake of another isn't anyone's MO ATM, nor should it be. Alonso to Indy for one race is a shot in the arm to Indy but could be the opposite for F1.

Changing traditions for the mere possibility of 1 or 2 drivers seems a bit far fetched right now imho, but if it can be used to the advantage of the series making the alterations, then they'll do it, but only then.

I'd like to see more crossovers and cooperations. Imagine all F1 teams heading to Indy for the month of May to compete in the world's most daunting speedway race. It would be epic. Crossover opportunities are very rare and I fear days of many are long gone, with very slim hopes of a return.
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F1 drivers have more restrictive contracts, especially after Kubica's crash. Mansell had the benefit of extensive pre-season testing, Alonso is jetting back and forth and probably only getting 1 test day before practice (granted, there is a lot of practice even with the 2-week Indy 500 schedule).

I suppose compared with F1 that is a lot of testing. They even have time to run good drivers that are not under contract yet: Felix Rosenqvist, Robin Frijns, Dean Stoneman, Robert Wickens just to name a few recent examples.

It's commonplace for drivers in North America to race multiple car types. There were a few Gold Coast 600s with Indycar drivers, they have raced at all the big sportscar events (Sebring, Le Mans, Daytona, etc), and some part-timers have taken it further still (Brabham in Stadium Trucks, Formula E, a late model stock car). Spencer Pigot raced Porsche Cup and the Daytona 24 before he even got to Indycar.
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Indeed it is good for us "motorsports fans" like you and I but altering your product for the sake of another isn't anyone's MO ATM, nor should it be. Alonso to Indy for one race is a shot in the arm to Indy but could be the opposite for F1.

Changing traditions for the mere possibility of 1 or 2 drivers seems a bit far fetched right now imho, but if it can be used to the advantage of the series making the alterations, then they'll do it, but only then.

I'd like to see more crossovers and cooperations. Imagine all F1 teams heading to Indy for the month of May to compete in the world's most daunting speedway race. It would be epic. Crossover opportunities are very rare and I fear days of many are long gone, with very slim hopes of a return.
Does one product have to be altered for another? It's not as if a bunch of F1 drivers have decided they are all going together to race at Indy or Le Mans. It's more likely that, one or two drivers would like to be able to race at one of these other iconic races and the same for teams.
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