Fernando Alonso: Indy 500 'horrible laps' await McLaren driver

19 Mai, 2017, 15:15 | Author: Lucrece Courtet

For the second successive day, Fernando Alonso finishes fourth on the Indy 500 practice timesheets.

Alonso is making a one-off appearance at the Indy 500 on 28 May instead of racing at the Monaco Grand Prix, where he will be replaced by Britain's Jenson Button, who is coming out of retirement for one race.

"Gil de Ferran, my coach, told me that the four laps in qualifying will be the most terrible laps you've ever done because the vehicle is very on the limit", said Alonso.

"Watching Fernando, it's clear to me that he's one of the best racers that I've ever seen", Motorsport.com quoted De Ferran as saying.

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Former race driver Tony Stewart watches from the pit box of Jay Howard, of England, during a practice session for the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Thursday, May 18, 2017 in Indianapolis. "I'm quite happy", Alonso said on Thursday.

"The vehicle felt quite OK from the very beginning in the morning, but then I think we did improve it during the day".

Reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi placed 13th, surrounded by the Penskes of Will Power, Juan Pablo Montoya and Hélio Castroneves, the three-time victor the most productive runner, completing 117 laps.

"We're working still a lot on the race simulation, meeting other guys out there and running in traffic, and I think we've found a good balance for traffic. I think tomorrow we will concentrate a little bit more on qualifying, but priority is the race".

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