It was announced this morning that McLaren-Honda and Fernando Alonso will be competing in the 2017 Indianapolis 500 race.

However, that clashes with Formula 1’s Monaco Grand Prix. So, who will replace the Spaniard at the hardest race of the year? A stalwart or a youngster?

There have been several wildcards thrown into this situation who have proven wonders in the last few decades.

On the stalwart side: In 2005, Pedro de la Rosa and Alex Wurz stepped in at McLaren for an injured Juan Pablo Montoya, finishing fifth (Bahrain) and third (San Marino) respectively.

On the youngster side: In 2009, Kamui Kobayashi blew away the paddock’s doubts, duelling in his Toyota with world champion Jenson Button, and going on to secure a full-time seat with Sauber for 2010.

Monaco, of course, is no ordinary F1 race: it's probably the last place you'd want to make your debut, although there's no doubt that any aspiring youngster would jump at the chance nevertheless. McLaren may well prefer someone who has experience in the Principality.

In my opinion, these are the best candidates for the Woking-based team to choose:

1.    Jenson Button

Seemingly, the logical choice as McLaren’s official reserve driver, the sort-of-retired Briton is a former winner in Monte Carlo. He’s fit too, spending his year off doing triathlons and the like. He hasn’t yet driven the 2017 F1 cars yet, but then again, none of the other here candidates have.