Excitement is building in the world of motor racing as Memorial Day approaches. That’s the weekend when both Monaco and Indianapolis will hold their annual races, both of which draw huge interest from the motorsports community. This year, Formula One driver and two time world champion Fernando Alonso is passing up the race in Monaco to drive in the Indy 500, a move that has excited fans of both sports.
Alonso’s Career Has Ups And Downs
Alonso, now 35, is approaching the age when staying at the top level of competition gets increasingly difficult. Long considered one of the world’s top racing drivers, his career has languished during the past decade as he repeatedly found himself driving for noncompetitive teams. Every Formula One driver dreams of racing for Ferrari but Alonso’s time came after the departure of Michael Schumacher and the brain trust of Ross Brawn, Rory Byrne, and Jean Todt that made Ferrari the most dominant team in Formula One racing for many years.
Sebastien Vettel and Red Bull than surged to the forefront of the sport for four years before Mercedes took over as the team to beat starting in 2015. That’s the year Fernando decided to leave Ferrari and rejoin McLaren. It was also the year McLaren decided to renew its relationship with Honda, a move that has proved disastrous for McLaren, Honda, and Alonso.