Latest News

Monday, 01 May 2017
Ricciardo plays down 'B' car hopes
Alonso leaving exit open for 2018
Sauber to use McLaren gearbox - report
Sunday, 30 April 2017
Mercedes denies Vettel switch reports
F1 to better arrange calendar - Carey
McLaren, Mercedes deny 2018 rumours
Wolff plays down 'off' Hamilton form
Ferrari happy with Raikkonen in Russia
Kaltenborn sure Honda will improve
No night race in Russia
Renault drivers scoff at FIA parity claims
Massa sees Schumacher-like mentor role
Saturday, 29 April 2017
2017 overtaking criticism 'crazy' - Lauda
Alonso admits 2018 team switch possible
Vettel backs struggling Raikkonen
Indy 500 about Alonso's 'ego' - Wolff
Ongoing Honda problems 'incredible' - Alonso
Officials hint Kvyat staying at Toro Rosso
Red Bull doubts F1 engine parity claims
Mercedes not leaving F1 for Formula E - Lauda
Hamilton denies Mercedes sandbagging
Friday, 28 April 2017
Hamilton backs New York night race plans
Force India not affected by Mallya issues - Perez
Alonso still not regretting Ferrari exit
Sepang boss slams Ecclestone, Liberty
'Shield' to make practice debut at Monza
Force India unhappy with driver names on cars
Briatore backs Alonso's Indy 500 challenge
Hamilton open to Mercedes team orders
Thursday, 27 April 2017
Nasr working on F1 return for 2018
Honda help 'better for F1' - Boullier
Haug questions Alonso's Indy move
Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Kvyat admits 'not friends' with Sainz
Renault boss plays down Alonso reports
F1 could help Honda end crisis - report

News

Briatore backs Alonso's Indy 500 challenge
2017-04-28

Apr.28 (GMM) It is a no-brainer for Fernando Alonso to do the Indy 500 next month instead of Monaco.

That is the view of Flavio Briatore, who is still involved in the management of the Spaniard's career.

Alonso stunned the racing world recently when he announced that he will try to win the fabled American oval race rather than push for mere points in Monaco.

"I'll go to Indianapolis with him," Briatore, Alonso's former Renault boss, told Italy's Sky Sport 24.

"The biggest question for him is security, with all those people coming at him in the box," the Italian added.

"Fernando knows Monte Carlo well, but to race with the machine he has now gives him zero chance of winning. For him it would be like going there to be a tourist.

"And with a car that does not even go out of the garage it was decided that he shouldn't break his balls any more. He wanted to do Le Mans two years ago but Ron Dennis didn't let him.

"Now there's different people -- it's another McLaren," Briatore added.

Almost three years ago, Briatore backed Alonso's decision to leave Ferrari, but the flamboyant Italian now admits he is surprised the Italian team is so competitive in 2017.

"They surprised everyone," he said.

"I thought everyone betting on Ferrari would lose their money, but it's great to have a championship with a Mercedes-Ferrari fight.

"Mercedes still has an advantage, but it's not huge," Briatore added. "The pressure applied by Ferrari caused them to make errors, so if Ferrari can now develop the car, it is likely that at least Vettel will fight for the title."