RomainGrosjean says he is stunned by the decision of top F1 driver Fernando Alonso to compete in Indianapolis 500 instead of partaking in the Monaco Grand Prix. Though they are rivals, he said if he were in a position to stop it he would.

The McLaren-Honda racer said he wanted to race in Indianapolis 500, leaving many surprised as the timing clashed with the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix. Grosjean claimed the race was “great” but he was not interested in the fabled competition.

“When you’re 100 percent involved in a team, I don’t want to miss a grand prix, especially Monaco where so much can happen and you don’t necessarily need a good engine. So I’m pretty surprised. It’s good if that’s what he wants to do, but honestly, I’m surprised that it’s happening,” he said.

He added that he was shocked that the new executive at McLaren Zak Brown would allow Alonso partake in the race. Alonso had revealed that he got the support of the chief as the former Ron Dennis would not have allowed him.

The race is set for May 28, 2017. Alonso’s decision was the subject matter as the Barber Motorsports Park as the IndyCar Series opened. The racing world was still surprised at the decision of the two-time world champion.

It would be the first time one of the best racers in the world would partake in an oval course. In the first weeks in May he would take a test, and then continue practising so he could get past the qualification stage ahead of the eventual race.

Many doubt that the Spaniard would successfully pull it off but they praised his courage to do something different. The drivers in the series are already excited at the idea and they say they look forward to seeing him in a different trim than he is accustomed to.