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.
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: