Fernando Alonso has admitted that he is surprised about how large his pay was for the Indy 500. The Spaniard skipped the Monaco Grand Prix last weekend in a bid to try his fortunes at the Indy 500. Despite a strong fortnight at Indy, he retired from the race due to an engine failure.
He impressed heavily and had a big impact at the famous event, so much so that he was awarded Rookie of the Year, following the race. It is estimated that he took home over $300,000 with that reward, and said a lot of F1 drivers will now be coming to compete.
"I'm going to have to tell the guys in Formula 1," the McLaren-Honda driver laughed to German broadcaster RTL. "It's a really good thing you have here, and I think a lot of F1 drivers will be coming soon."
IndyCar racer Tony Kanaan also hit back at Lewis Hamilton after the Brit questioned the level of competition in IndyCar. After qualifying for the race, Hamilton said: "To see him fifth against drivers who are there all year is ... interesting."
Kanaan retaliated, saying: "The guy (Hamilton) competed in a two-car world championship last year and was second, so I don't think he can say much. It was a pleasure to have Fernando here. He is humble, not like some of his colleagues who were making comments this month."