If you’ve been living under a rock for the last few weeks, then you probably won’t know Fernando Alonso is ditching the Monaco Grand Prix to race the Indy 500.
It hasn’t had much media coverage anyway… we kid. Alonso’s Indy 500 debut is a huge story for F1 and IndyCar, with Jenson Button returning to replace the Spaniard in Monaco.
McLaren is fielding one car, the No.29, with Honda in the Indy 500 this year and it’ll all be run by the experienced Andretti squad.
Now we’ve had our first look at the very orange livery two-time F1 champion Alonso will run at the world-famous IndyCar race, following on from McLaren’s move to the bold colour in F1 this year.
Alongside an awesome retro helmet design, Alonso will race in the colours McLaren used to last win the Indy 500 back in 1976 with Johnny Rutherford.
It’s very bright, and should stand out from the rest of the colourful IndyCar grid when the race comes around on the 28 May.
He’s got a busy schedule coming up as he mixes F1 racing with the intense IndyCar tests, practice, qualifying and race, which goes on throughout the ‘Month of May’.
Alonso’s first IndyCar test takes place today (Wednesday 3 May), with the plan being for the F1 driver to complete his rookie orientation programme.
The hype just keeps on building!