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Spain Pummeled by COVID-19; Indy 500 Hopeful Fernando Alonso Prepared to ‘Be Home for a While’

Just eight weeks out from the Indianapolis 500, Indy 500 hopeful and two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alsono is home in Spain and 12 days into what he thinks could be a long lockdown because of the coronavirus.

Spain’s death toll passed 4,000 this week, making it the country with the second-most deaths in the pandemic behind only Italy.

“I think it’s time to stay home,” Alonso told media outlet El Mundo Deportivo. “We have to be home for a while and then it will all be over, but I think it will be like this for many weeks. It will not be a matter of 10 days.

“Now it’s the same for everyone—we have to be at home and do everything possible to overcome this. I think other countries can learn from the example of China, Italy, Spain and take action, because the sooner we tackle the problem, the sooner it will end.”

Spain, as well as most of Europe, is currently on a U.S. travel ban list, and it is not clear when Alonso would even be able to travel to join his 2020 team for the 500, Arrow McLaren SP.

As for his life under lockdown, 38-year-old Alonso said that he has been at home for the past 12 days.

“I am fine,” he said. “After so many trips it’s not bad to stop for a while and be at home. I have a garden and some space, so I can’t complain. I am privileged to have what I have, but I am praying that this will pass soon and normal life comes back.”

The Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for May 24.

“After Dakar I had a month of vacation and I was in the mountains skiing, spending time with myself and the family. Then I was preparing for the Indy 500,” Alonso said. “I was in the simulator and I was going to go to the (NTT IndyCar Series) Barber race to see how the team worked, but then everything stopped,” he said.

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