Fernando Alonso believes he is about to take on his "biggest task" by competing at the Indianapolis 500 next month.
The Spaniard has revealed his desire to win the Triple Crown and become one of the most "complete drivers in the world", but he is well aware that he will have to adapt a lot in a very short space of time.
“The biggest task is definitely the Indy 500 for a Formula 1 driver,” Alonso stated.
“Le Mans is a series that will probably not need a big adaption time because they feel similar when driving. Some of the F1 drivers who jump into the Le Mans cars have no difficulties.”
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“This is quite a unique thing. I’m aware of the difficulty. All the fans are aware of this,” Alonso added.
“It’s challenging. The traffic, the level of downforce, the feeling with the car, running with a car that’s not symmetric on the straights and braking. The traffic is a big thing is what I’m hearing. Let’s see if I can learn.”
Alonso will drive the McLaren-Honda-Andretti for the first time on May 3 in a test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, while ex-IndyCar champion Gil de Ferran has been brought in to mentor him at the Indy 500 itself.