“But racing in Indianapolis, trying to achieve the Triple Crown of winning in Monaco, Indianapolis and Le Mans, is a dream come true”. Regardless, he insists his one-off appearance will not detract him from his Formula One obligations.
Meanwhile, Bernie Ecclestone is expected back in a Formula One paddock for the first time since he was deposed as the sport’s long-term ruler by new owners Liberty Media on Friday.
The double world champion said as much in a conference call on Wednesday after McLaren broke the news ahead of Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
Daniel Ricciardo: “I would not want to miss Monaco”.
The Spaniard will instead race for Andretti Autosport in a McLaren-branded, Honda-powered auto in one of the world’s most famous races.
“I would like to do MotoGP, I’d love to ride a MotoGP bike – or a NASCAR race, like the Daytona 500”.
“There wasn’t a timeline on it, but I thought, ‘Ah, he might actually be serious about this!'”
“I think the McLaren-Honda partnership, to be able run this in Indy 500, was very attractive this year, so for Le Mans it is something I will do, probably as soon as I can”. Per the BBC, Button’s contract obligates him to stand in for any driver who can’t make it to a race weekend.
His request to take part at Le Mans in 2015 was turned down by McLaren but this decision to allow their lead driver to take arguably bigger risks in the month of May is perhaps more easily understood – even if it would never have been allowed under the parochial and pedantic rule of Ron Dennis. First being Felipe Massa for Williams.
“The conversations are running and we have different options”.
FA: “I [haven’t spoken] with anyone yet from the legends of Indy or the current drivers, but I’m sure we will have a lot of help from my teammates, from Andretti Autosport, with a great experience in rookies as well as we saw past year with Alexander [Rossi]”.
The race in Monaco, run on the Principality’s tight, twisting streets, are seen as the team’s best chance this season of scoring a sizeable haul of points. I am a bit surprised like everybody about this situation. It’s a tough challenge, but I’m up for it.
“But, whether or not Fernando wins this year, I’m thrilled that the name of McLaren will be returning to Indianapolis”.
Two, it proves he’s targeted being only the second ever driver to complete motorsport’s Triple Crown.
And for Andretti CEO, owner and founder Michael Andretti, the occasion will be a reunification with the team he raced for in the 1993 Formula One World Championship alongside the legendary Ayrton Senna.
“I would imagine it’s not an easy thing to do in one go”.
Sergio Perez: “I certainly wouldn’t miss Monaco because for me Monaco is my favourite weekend in the whole calendar, so I wouldn’t miss Monaco and normally you have that clash”. I certainly have some interest in IndyCar.
“It was really hard obviously because the Indy 500, I live and breathe for it”.