Fernando Alonso says his switch to race the Indianapolis 500 in a joint entry with McLaren, Andretti Autosport and Honda is part of his wider ambition to become the second driver in history to win the Triple Crown.

Only Graham Hill has claimed the prestigious Triple Crown - which entails winning the Monaco Grand Prix, the Indianapolis 500 and the Le Mans 24 Hours - but is something Alonso has said is a long-standing goal in his racing career despite never racing at the Indy 500 or Le Mans.

With the shock announcement Alonso will miss the Monaco Grand Prix as it clashes with the Indy 500 race, the two-time winner at Monte Carlo sees it as an ideal opportunity with his hopes of a third F1 world title effectively over due to the unreliable and uncompetitive McLaren-Honda MCL32.

"I've won the Monaco Grand Prix twice, and it's one of my ambitions to win the Triple Crown, which has been achieved by only one driver in the history of motorsport: Graham Hill," Alonso said. "It's a tough challenge, but I'm up for it.

"I don't know when I'm going to race at Le Mans, but one day I intend to. I'm only 35: I've got plenty of time for that."

12 drivers have completed two of the three legs of the Triple Crown but Hill remains the sole holder of the achievement having won the Indy 500 in 1966, Le Mans in 1972 and Monaco GP on five occasions (1963-65, 1968-69).

Juan Pablo Montoya is the only active driver on the list who has claimed two of the three having won the Indy 500 in 2000 and 2015 plus the Monaco GP in 2003.

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