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“Scared of Indianapolis”: Veteran Fernando Alonso’s Awkward Response to Rookie Oscar Piastri Leaves IndyCar Fans Trolling F1

Published 05/26/2023, 8:15 AM EDT

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“A lot of people criticize Formula 1 as an unnecessary risk. But what would life be like if we only did what is necessary?” Very well said by the legendary Niki Lauda. As Oscar Piastri makes comments regarding the Indy500, which showcases his capacity to not take unnecessary risks, Fernando Alonso’s awkward reply to him leads the IndyCar fans to troll F1. But what was this conversation all about?

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The Indy 500 is just around the corner scheduled to take place this Sunday. The Indy 500 has a special place in the motorsport world. It is right up alongside the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Monaco GP. These three races together are known as the triple crown. Fernando Alonso is the only F1 driver on the current grid who has won 2 out of these three races, with the Indy 500 being the one missing for the record. 


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Fernando Alonso did try his hand at the Indy500 in an attempt to win the Triple Crown. The first time in 2017 was impressive where the Spaniard led for 27 laps and then engine problems struck him. During the Thursday Press Conference before the Monaco GP, Oscar Piastri was asked whether he would like to race in the Indy 500. However, while answering, he gets a fact wrong about Alonso which triggered an awkward response from the Spaniard. 

According to the Tweet posted by @autosport, during the Press conference Tom Clarkson asked Oscar Piastri if he fancied the Indy 500 to which he replied: “Not particularly, 240mph into turn 1. If you get it wrong it’s gonna hurt. [Asks Fernando] Does it hurt? You didn’t crash, I know.” Fernando Alonso, who actually crashed during the 2020 Indy 500 practice, awkwardly replied, “I did.”

Oscar Piastri jumping out of the Indy 500 challenge and Alonso’s reply triggered responses from many on Social Media. The age-old IndyCar vs F1 debate was sparked as the IndyCar fans trolled F1. Let’s see how things unfolded.

Fans react to the awkward conversation between Oscar Piastri and Fernando Alonso regarding the Indy500 crash

IndyCar fans took to Twitter to express their thoughts on how things unfolded between the two drivers as they trolled F1. Some suggested that the F1 drivers were confirmed to be scared of Indianapolis. Others explained how IndyCar is considered worse than F1, but all the F1 drivers are scared of driving around the oval. Let’s see how the fans reacted on Twitter. 

Some explained how IndyCar is way more exciting than F1, while some got angry at the fact that F1 drivers are considered better than IndyCar drivers.


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Others pointed out the awkward faces of the two drivers and trolled Oscar Piastri for being scared of crashing at the Indy 500.

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This age-old IndyCar vs F1 debate will never be settled and trolls like these toward the other end will keep happening.


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What did you make of Oscar Piastri’s comments and Fernando Alonso’s reply?



Pranay Bhagi

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Pranay Bhagi is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports, who has always been passionate about sports and writing. With a degree from a prestigious institute, he has channeled his enthusiasm into sports journalism, particularly F1, a sport that has captivated him for over a decade. Pranay's deep-rooted love for the sport began during the Sebastian Vettel era, and he has been following it religiously ever since.

Edited By: Varunkumaar Chelladurai