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Sergio Perez throws hat into ring for future Indy 500 run

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Following the announcement of Fernando Alonso’s shock entry to the 101st Indianapolis 500 for 2017, fellow Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez has thrown his hat into the ring for a future run at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Alonso confirmed on Wednesday that he would be skipping this year’s Monaco Grand Prix to enter the Indy 500 with McLaren, Honda and Andretti Autosport, giving a boost to this year’s running.

The news has led to a number of his peers expressing an interest in crossing codes and trying out another series, with Lewis Hamilton saying on Thursday that he would like to enter NASCAR’s Daytona 500 one day.

Few have been as receptive as Alonso about the ‘500, but Perez openly said that he wants to enter the famous race one day, most likely when his time in F1 is over.

“I certainly wouldn’t miss Monaco, because Monaco is my favorite weekend on the entire calendar, and normally you have that clash,” Perez said.

“I would like to do some other racing. I certainly have some interest in IndyCar.

“The Indy 500 certainly is one of the best races in the world, so I’d definitely like to do it someday.”

Perez spent his first year in single-seaters racing in America, taking part in the Skip Barber National Championship in 2004 before moving over to Europe and working his way up the ladder to F1.

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

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