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Button to replace Alonso for McLaren at Monaco GP

Jenson Button will be back to Formula 1 next month when McLaren confirms he replaces Fernando Alonso for the Monaco Grand Prix.

The double world champion will instead travel to the US to race for Andretti Autosport in the Indy 500 where Alonso will drive a McLaren-branded, Honda-powered car.

According to the BBC, F1 veteran Button will replace the Spaniard in a one-off appearance for McLaren after apparently retiring last year.

Button tweeted a jokey reaction on Wednesday following the news of Alonso’s Indy 500 programme was announced, asking: “Why do I have so many missed calls?”

McLaren team boss Zak Brown said yesterday that a number of conversations had already been had about finding a replacement.

“Fernando’s replacement driver is not in place, those conversations are ongoing. Brown said.

“We have a few different options and we will state who that is when we know.”

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