Relaxed Fernando Alonso swaps McLaren car for 'more reliable' skateboard ahead of Indy 500

Fernando Alonso swaps McLaren car for 'more reliable' skateboard Fernando Alonso swaps McLaren car for 'more reliable' skateboard
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Fernando Alonso was coolness personified as he arrived at a press conference on a skateboard ahead of the Indianapolis 500 event.

The Formula 1 driver appeared relaxed travelling along on the motorised board before speaking to journalists about the build-up to the May 28 race.

McLaren Indy tweeted: “Because Fernando on skateboard at the @IMS is possibly the coolest thing we've ever seen. #AlonsoSkatesIndy.”

The two-time Formula One champion is missing this year’s Monaco Grand Prix in a bid to win motor racing’s ‘Triple Crown’.

Alonso said he was pleased after his first official Indy 500 practice, completing 117 laps in his McLaren Honda Andretti Autosport.

Fernando Alonso practices for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 Credit: Brian Spurlock / USA TODAY / Reuters 

"It was good, very positive and productive day," he said. "We did a lot of laps, a lot of learning, some group running, finally with some traffic.

"So, it is information I will sleep on and be a better oval driver tomorrow."

All smiles: Fernando Alonso watches from the pits during practice Credit:  Brian Spurlock /USA TODAY Sports / Reuters 

The 35-year-old Spaniard’s is being helped by his experienced Andretti Autosport team-mates, including last year's winner Alexander Rossi and 2014 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, prepare for the race.

“My teammates were amazing helping me,” Alonso added.

“I was learning every lap, when I follow them, learning what they do, how they attack the next corner or the next lap, how they prepare the overtaking, so, it was very useful and a very productive day.”

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