What’s on your mind this month
The decision of Fernando Alonso and McLaren to contest this year’s Indy 500, thus resulting in Alonso having to skip the Monaco Grand Prix, seems not to have gone down well with Formula 1’s purists. Many of them seem to believe that F1 is sacred and should not be forsaken for any other, but I think that it is something to be applauded in what is a very conservative sport.
Sure, had Fernando been in a competitive car he would not have made this decision and McLaren would certainly not have let him go. But he isn’t, and they have, so let’s get over it and look at the positives.
Admittedly, there is an element of marketing in the switch, but it’s probably got more people talking about Indy on this side of the pond and, crucially, it has hopefully got more people in the US talking about F1. If modern-day F1 is ever to ‘break’ America in a truly meaningful way in today’s crowded sporting and leisure market, it’s moves like this that could help pave the way by increasing interest. Keith Brown By email