Date: 13th April 2017 at 6:42pm
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Fernando Alonso will not be racing for McLaren Honda in the Monaco Grand Prix this season.

The two-time Formula One World Champion has instead opted to shock motorsport by announcing his participation in the Indianapolis 500, which takes place on the same day.

Alonso will be driving a McLaren Honda branded Andretti, with the Spaniard hoping to become only the tenth man in history to win the event in his first attempt.

Alonso wants to go on to complete the triple crown of motorsport, which includes victory at Monaco, Indianapolis and Le Mans.

But who will drive the McLaren Honda in Formula One’s crown jewel event?

McLaren are yet to announce Alonso’s replacement, but the BBC are one of many media outlets who believe 2009 Formula One World Champion Jenson Button is the only candidate for the role.

‘there is no other serious option than Button, 37, who is contracted to McLaren as a reserve driver and will race barring unexpected circumstances. BBC Chief F1 writer Andrew Benson wrote.

He continued: ‘[Button] signed a contract with McLaren last autumn that committed him to replacing any race driver who was not able to take part in a grand prix this year.

As part of that contract, the team also has an option on signing him to race in 2018.

Meanwhile Button joked on Twitter ‘Why do I have so many missed calls?’.