Jenson Button: Monaco Grand Prix return 'a bit of a struggle'

But he is definitely curious.

The jump from Formula One to IndyCar and oval racing has been stark but the real culture shock for Alonso has come away from the track.

Fernando Alonso has played down speculation that he could quit Formula 1 and switch full-time to the American equivalent Indycar.

Button makes a one-off return to the sport in place of Indy 500 debutant Fernando Alonso this weekend and got his first taste of F1's new high-downforce, wider-tyre cars in Thursday's practice where he finished an encouraging 11th fastest, less than a tenth behind teammate Stoffel Vandoorne.

Neither expects that to be the case, but they are realistic and understand the inevitable is coming sooner rather than later. 2000 Indy 500 victor Juan Pablo Montoya is next for Penske, starting 18th. The Penske Racing fixture is looking to tie A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears, A.J. Fort and Al Unser the only four-time race winners. "We want to keep going until we achieve everything", Castroneves said Thursday at Indy 500 media day.

Pence, an IN native who Boles estimates has been to as many as 30 Indy 500s, has yet to confirm his attendance but the IMS is preparing for a vice-presidential visit. Hours after Scott won the pole position for the 2017 Indy 500, he was the victim of an armed robbery.

"You can be the fastest driver out there 10 years straight and you won't win the race". I'm braking so much later than what I'm used to here and carrying so much speed into the corners.

"I think it was a shock to everyone because it wasn't really in the pipeline", Chilton tells The Independent.

In terms of hogging all the attention, Kanaan is much like the other veterans in that he doesnt mind.

Brown said the INDYCAR team that was "slapped together" has exceeded expectations and been on par with the very best since practice began May 15 the 2.5-mile superspeedway. Every day isn't new to me, so from that stand point it's a lot easier.

Jenson Button says it was a "bit of a struggle to find my feet" during his first day back in a Formula 1 vehicle on his one-off appearance at the Monaco Grand Prix. But I am up for anything, and I still feel like I can deliver here. It's what can make a trip to the track for last night's Last Row Party an nearly transcendent experience-the rows upon rows of grandstands beset with a tranquil calm under the Hoosier sunset, the ghosts of the Andrettis, the Unsers, and so many more echoing in the silence, the asphalt waiting to be stirred with the roar of engines three days hence.

"It's a lovely experience for me to drive these cars. It's a huge story but I think it's good for everybody".

"Most races you win, you're like, 'OK, I took the (checkered flag), cool. But it's not in my control".

"It's not similar", Power said. "I could see that happening (with me)".

"You will not know until the cars leave Turn 4 on the last lap who has got it - they might be racing to the line!" That's not what I would like to see.

Boles said this is not new ground for the Speedway, which overhauled its security plans following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and tweaked them past year for the 100th anniversary of the race after the Islamist attacks in Paris in November 2015. It doesn't necessarily have to be in January.

"But I don't know, maybe I am falling behind after 100 laps or whatever! Commercially, it's to make sure we deliver to our partners the exposure which we promised". The changing of the guard?

Dixon is a four-time IndyCar series champion and looms once again as the man to beat this year after an impressive start to the season. "Some is choice and some is not by choice". But the first couple of restarts will be the best lessons. whatever you planned before will not be like the real thing. It's odd initially but I am definitely getting to grips with it.

  • Zachary Reyes