Alonso 'not comfortable' yet at Indy 500

Solenn Plantier
Mai 18, 2017

Fernando Alonso is confident he will be in good shape for qualifying and the race at the Indianapolis 500 after the second day of practice.

"Obviously if you develop your whole career in the Formula One in Europe, you come here, in the oval racing, the auto felt not natural to drive because, you know, the vehicle turns left by itself", said Alonso. But Spain did at least feel like a step in the right direction, and with the emphasis on aerodynamics and chassis-build at next weekend's Monaco Grand Prix rather than the top speed that the Honda clearly lacks, McLaren should be in good nick for another positive weekend. "We did a lot of laps, a lot of learning, some group running, finally with some traffic".

The 2014 IndyLights champion is competing in his third Indianapolis 500 race for a third different team, and will be looking to use as much of his experience as possible to assist one of the newest IndyCar teams throughout the month of May. We know we have good cars for the 500 and hopefully we can be as good as we were previous year.

"We did not put everything together because it's not time to".

It didn't take long for him to adjust to an Indy vehicle after finishing 12th Sunday in Spanish Grand Prix and jetting across the Atlantic to Indianapolis.

"I'm on the best team for that". Former McLaren junior Jack Harvey, also driving for the Andretti Autosport stable, finished sixth with a 214.353mp/h.

Hunter-Reay and Rossi have already won The Greatest Spectacle in Racing. We are six cars and we were running together.

The two-time Formula One world champion, who jetted into the United States less than 24 hours after finishing 12th in the Spanish Grand Prix, completed 36 laps on the famous oval at a best average speed of 221.63mph (356.6kmh). "That's why I'm here and I'll try to win it", Alonso said at a press conference on Wednesday. I was mad that we qualified bad just because I knew that we shouldn't have. I knew they were taking care of me in some moments of the run, so that was good. Two days of qualifying to set the 33-car field take place May 20 and 21 with live ABC coverage airing at 4 p.m. both days. "So I'm definitely going into this with the goal of trying to do it again. I feel a little more at ease, and a little more dialed in and in tune than I did a year ago". A mechanical failure prevented him from such activity on Monday so the 35-year-old was forced to play catch up.

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