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Button Confirmed As Alonso's Replacement For Monaco

Button Confirmed As Alonso's Replacement For Monaco

McLaren insist a decision is yet to be taken on the identity of Alonso's substitute, but the gathering feeling here in Bahrain is that Button, who competed in more than 300 races, will be called upon for the Monte Carlo race.

Jenson Button will return to the Formula One grid for a one-off appearance at next month's Monaco Grand Prix.

Alonso will be replaced at the Monaco Grand Prix by 2009 world champion Jenson Button, the team confirmed on Friday morning.

"It's one of my all-time favourite racetracks", said the victor of 15 Grands Prix.

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"I hope Jenson comes back", said Hamilton of his former team-mate. "He just won't have the experience that anyone would have, so I think it will be a very exciting challenge for him to see how strong he can fare against those who have all that experience".

Alonso and rookie team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne have managed just one finish between them in the opening two Grands Prix of the 2017 season - and that was when the young Belgian crossed the line 13th of 13 at the Australian Grand Prix.

The Briton made clear last November that he was not expecting to return - and it is not clear whether he would be willing to do so now - but he has kept fit competing in triathlons and training in California. "It'll be nice to say hi to all my old F1 mates too, and hopefully to give the fans something to cheer about".

"It's of course a regret of mine that I won't be able to race at Monaco this year".

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When the lights go out for the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix, Button will equal seven-time F1 world champion Michael Schumacher on 306 starts, as second on the all-time list behind Rubens Barrichello.

"It started a week ago with a couple of texts", said Eric Boullier, McLaren's racing director.

McLaren have raced and won at Indianapolis before - registering three triumphs in the 1970's - and the team, like Alonso and F1, is keen to build a much greater awareness of their brand in north America.

"After Russia, I will try to be in Indianapolis for a couple of simulator days, hopefully test the auto but it's not 100 per cent sure, and after that I will go to the Spanish Grand Prix and then fly to America on Sunday after the race". After all, he's missed only a handful of races since Abu Dhabi a year ago, and he's as fit as a fiddle.

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He explained also how keen he was to make his mark on motor racing with a bid to land a "triple crown" by winning Monaco, Indianapolis and the Le Mans 24 Hours. I think he needs to see a psychiatrist, personally!


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