Social roundup: Racing world reacts to Fernando Alonso in Indy 500

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The news that Fernando Alonso will race in the 101st Indianapolis 500 with McLaren, Honda and Andretti Autosport is perhaps one of the most shocking bits of news in recent open-wheel racing history, on par only with when Nico Rosberg dropped the mic in December after winning last year’s Formula 1 World Championship.

Unsurprisingly, reactions that have followed this morning have largely been to the degree of “is this real?” “are we being punked?” “did April Fool’s come 11 days late?” before the realization yes, this in fact is real and yes, this is in fact happening.

The social roundup of this bit of news, then, takes on a few elements.

Here’s the official tweets from Alonso, Zak Brown, McLaren, Andretti, Honda, F1 and IMS announcing the news:

McLaren has also launched a separate IndyCar account, linked below.

Here’s Stefan Wilson’s tweet, with Wilson having been a key part of this deal happening himself. Sources had indicated Wilson was the front-runner for another Honda-powered Andretti entry within the last week or so. Wilson probably won Twitter as a result of this…

And now, the rest of the Twitter/Instagram social media sphere:

Just reading the @fernandoalo_oficial news @hinchtown .

A post shared by Marco Andretti (@marcoandretti) on

Some drivers and other racing folks have expressed their support for Wilson, as well:

Of course, this wouldn’t be Alonso without the #PlacesAlonsoWouldRatherBe meme:

F1 2017 driver review: Lance Stroll

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Team: Williams

Car No.: 18
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 1
Best Finish: P3 (Azerbaijan)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 40
Championship Position: 13th

Lance Stroll’s arrival in Formula 1 at the start of the 2017 was a far from smooth one despite a significant private testing program being undertaken in the months leading up to his grand prix debut.

Even with older hand Felipe Massa at Williams, Stroll looked uneasy behind the wheel of the FW40 car through the opening run of races as he failed to reach the checkered flag in any of his first three starts.

The Canadian was left deflated after his first decent effort in Bahrain was cut short after a clash with Carlos Sainz Jr., calling it his “rock bottom” moment – but things would turn around on home soil.

Stroll produced a stunning fight through the field to take an excellent P9 in Canada, proving his talent seen in Formula 3 the previous year and shushing many of his critics.

Better would follow two weeks later in Baku when Stroll became the youngest rookie in F1 history to score a podium, dodging a crazy race to finish third. It would have been second had he not lost a drag race against Valtteri Bottas to the line.

Stroll’s form then fluctuated greatly. He was sublime on occasion, the best examples being Monza, when he started a remarkable P2 on the grid and ended as the top midfielder in P7, or Mexico where he took a brilliant sixth.

But there were too many weekends he was a little anonymous. Sure, Williams didn’t have the best car this year, but perhaps a little better was expected from Stroll.

2018 will be an even bigger challenge as he looks to the lead the team when a new teammate arrives – and at only 19, it is a lot to handle. Nevertheless, there are positive signs to be found; you just need to look for them a little.

Season High:Β Taking a shock podium in Baku after dodging chaos in front.

Season Low:Β A poor opening two races in Australia and China.