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    Alesi and Barrichello both ran in the 2012 500. Barrichelllo did quite well and led some laps. Due to an underpowered car, Alesi was not able to show his full potential.
    This is my opinion and to the best of my knowledge, that is, if I'm not joking

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    Delighted for Fernando. It's such a shame he has not had the machinery to win in F1 over the last 12 years. One of the best drivers ever. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see him win the Indy 500.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Storm View Post
    It's a big risk, I hope it works out for him. Unfortunately it means he'll skip the 1 track where the McLaren might not feel the lack of power that much
    My thoughts exactly.
    It would be some kind of perverse irony if for some reason the mclaren runs up front in the race and either podium or win the race. The one bit of glory for them this year and he misses it.
    I am no fan of ovals at all and i think doing indy is a big risk. I would have rather he competed in LeMans.
    But best of luck to him and, I will probably watch parts of it and root for Alonso, JPM and Sato.
    Last edited by truefan72; 13th April 2017 at 19:10.
    you can't argue with results

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    I like this news. Hopefully it's a sign of things to come. F1 drivers getting into other stuff.

    Quote Originally Posted by mr_swiss View Post
    Precursor to F1 retirement and a rookie season in Indy Car next year?
    Cherry picking the biggest Indy car race.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bagwan View Post
    FA , JPM , and then Takuma Sato for that third place, I like it .
    That would equal his 3rd place in the US Grand Prix 2004....at Indy!
    I have great faith in fools -- Self confidence my friends will call it.


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    Vandoorne has announced that he will be doing 24 hours of Spa rather than the Hungarian GP!

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    Button cofirmed as replacement.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/39599645

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tazio View Post
    That would equal his 3rd place in the US Grand Prix 2004....at Indy!
    Got Taku's autograph in Montreal in '04 in the paddock .
    I'd love to see him win it , if Zo and Pablum can't .
    He's a cool little dude .

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyL View Post
    Button cofirmed as replacement.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/39599645
    Bunsen , the safe bet , gets the drive .
    Good choice , but they could have stirred things up a little more , and made hay while the sun shines on this idea in the dawn of a pretty dark looking outlook for this season .

    They've got all of us F1 guys thinking of watching Indy , and could have had all the Indy fans watching Monaco , for the ultimate crossover viewing for the two sports , had they subbed in one of the Indy guys for Monaco .
    From here , it looks like a HUGE missed marketing opportunity .

    HUGE , like , really big in a large kind of way .

    Bigger than Bunsen , even .

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    There will be quite a few former-F1 drivers at Indy.

    But, realistically how many drivers would take a risk in coming for a one off at Monaco, of all places, with McLaren in its current state?

    If it was a great car, sure... But you know, right now it seems like a lose-lose situation, when you're looking at coming last; and it's not great for McLaren to have a "star" driver to come in and be at the tail of the grid or have DNFs either, it might end up hurting everyone's reputation by the end of the weekend.

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