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2017-06-01 11:19

NICE PRIZE: Fernando Alonso might not have finished the race, but he still went home from the Indy500 as a winner. Image: AFP / Chris Graythen

Spain - Fernando Alonso has admitted his surprise at how lucrative taking part in the Indy 500 is.

The Spaniard qualified fifth, was crowned rookie of the year and retired with a blown Honda engine as he skipped the 2017 Monaco GP to take part in the fabled US oval race.

'A good thing'

It emerged that he took home about $300 000 in prize money.

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"I'm going to have to tell the guys in Formula 1," the McLaren-Honda driver is quoted by the German broadcaster RTL.

"It's a really good thing you have here, and I think a lot of F1 drivers will be coming soon."

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