Many wondered with the success that Fernando Alonso had at Indy this past May, if any other Formula One drivers would want to give the world’s biggest race a try in the near future. Alonso, started fifth and contended among the leaders all month. Another former F1 driver in Max Chilton led a race-high 50 of the 200 laps in the May 28 race. Heck, even another driver with an F1 path in Alexander Rossi won the ‘500 as a rookie in 2016 and started on the front row for this year’s race.
Would a driver of Lewis Hamilton’s caliber make a leap in the future?
The Mercedes driver was asked in his media availability on Thursday from the Circuit of The Americas and he pretty much ended an speculation on whether the England native would make an attempt in the future.
“Honestly, it hasn’t inspired me to do the Indy 500,” Hamilton said on Thursday ahead of this weekend’s US Grand Prix in Texas. “I’ve always respected it and appreciated it and I got to watch part of it when Fernando (Alonso) did it, which was super exciting. I love the idea of drivers being able to do more than one series.
“Just the other day I happened to get to drive a Formula One car on an oval, which was interesting. I have a huge amount of respect for those drivers; it’s quite scary when you approach those banks at the speed that they do. But I personally don’t have any particular desire to… maybe one day I’ll day I’ll have some fun and go out. Obviously I get lots of opportunities to do those things but I have no plans to go there and do anything serious.”
Alonso, also said today that while he fully plans to race in the ‘500 again in the near future, possibly 2019 or 2020, he won’t be racing in the 2018 race next May.