Fernando Alonso was quick to put the disappointment of his failure to start Sunday's Formula 1 race in Russia behind him as he gears up for his first Indy car test on Wednesday.

Alonso shocked the motorsport world last month by announcing that he would be entering the 101st Indianapolis 500 as part of a joint effort between McLaren, Honda and Andretti Autosport, skipping the Monaco Grand Prix in the process.

Alonso made his first visit to the IndyCar paddock the weekend before the Russian Grand Prix before spending some time in Andretti's simulator at Indianapolis.

Alonso will enjoy his first test in an Indy car on Wednesday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, acting as a good remedy to his disappointing DNS in Sochi after a power unit problem forced him to stop on the formation lap.

"We are looking at the weather forecast at the moment, it is looking a little bit random for the next week," Alonso said.

"I think it's good to have some tests there, a completely different car. Let's see. I think my main focus, my dream, my life is Formula 1. Wherever you do between the weeks, we need to figure out how to improve Formula 1 and how to be up there in the podiums."

Alonso will take part in the private test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with the main benefit being a real world experience of driving on an oval, something the two-time F1 world champion has never done before.

Alonso is set to be joined by full-time Andretti IndyCar driver Marco Andretti for the test, who will shake down the car in the morning before handing over the reins.

Alonso will then complete a set of installation laps before then embarking on some longer runs to get to grips with the car.

Following the conclusion of the test, Alonso will then turn his attention back to his F1 commitments with McLaren at the Spanish Grand Prix on May 14. His official IndyCar programme will then start in earnest on May 15 with the first day of practice for the Indy 500, leading all the way up to the race itself on May 28.

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