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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

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