Fernando Alonso believes his car is strong enough to face the 104th section of the Indianapolis (indy 500)
The two-time Formula 1 world champion was only 23rd on the pace chart at the end of today’s two-hour session and will have to climb through the middle of the ninth row of the grid on Sunday.
But when asked by NBC Post-Practice if it was enough to bring the car to the fore, he responded with a disparity, “Yes.”
He said: “You always learn things. In today’s practice we had some test items to analyze. There were at least two positives, one of them was negative so I think we took another step forward with car balance and confidence in the car, so we are quite happy with the results. And next time there is a big one in the car.
Alonso’s Indy 500 affair:
Alonso trying to complete motorsport’s unofficial ‘Triple Crown’ to win the Monaco Grand Prix (which he has managed twice), the 24-hour Le Mans (again, achieved twice) and the Indianapolis 500 is.
Although last year he was interrupted by a disorganized effort by McLaren that resulted in a notorious DNQ, Alonso proved himself at the speedway in 2017 driving in a McLaren-backed Andretti Autosport-Honda car. He was fifth and running in the lead pack in the final quarter of the race when his engine was running.
Last week he shook in practice that damaged some of the specially prepared Speedway-specific parts, which hurt his qualification speed, but his race engineer Craig Hampson told Motorsport.com he was confident That the team at Arrow McLaren SP can remove that momentum from running. .
Moving on to Sunday’s race, Alonso commented: “This is a challenge for everyone. I think this year’s car is a challenge in terms of traffic, following and setting up the car. It is also going to be warm on Sunday.
“There are many factors that will make the car and the race difficult for everyone, so we just need to be on strategy, at luck, at pure speed, chasing balance at pitstops, and making the car fast for the final part of the race.” .
“We’re at the back so it’s even more challenging – but we love these kinds of things.”
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