Howard fastest, Honda dominates Indianapolis 500 practice

Doug Mendoza
May 19, 2017

"I like this F1", Alonso said before his home Spanish Grand Prix at the weekend, in which he vastly outperformed the McLaren's practice pace to qualify seventh before coming home in 12th.

IndyCar drivers are honoured by the prospect of racing alongside one of the "greatest living racing drivers" when Fernando Alonso contests the Indy 500, according to last year's pole victor James Hinchcliffe.

That said, Alonso isn't yet thinking about making the move to racing in the United States on a more regular basis.

When asked if he would continue returning to Indy until he won the 500, he replied, "yeah, probably". So I think that with time it will get a little bit more relaxed, and people will get a little bit more used to seeing me here, as if you are a normal racer here. "The vehicle felt quite OK from the very beginning of the morning, but then I think we did improve it during the day, so I'm quite happy".

"Racing in traffic has also been a good lesson". You go out there, you jump in the vehicle, adjust the set-up of the auto, the precision you need with your feedback and the set-up tuning. they change a quarter of a millimeter here, a quarter of a degree there, things that could change the balance of the auto completely, even if four corners seems not too hard.

"I'm going to try and enjoy my time outside the vehicle as much as I can".

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"So definitely as a driver you keep adding experience and you keep adding good lessons". There's not a lot of drivers who would be willing and able to miss races in their own championships to come do this.

Swapping Formula 1 for IndyCars means a completely different experience for the Spaniard, both the racing and the general atmosphere.

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.

"I don't want to raise or lower expectations".

Vettel wasn't pleased coming in behind the Mercedes, and put the burden on himself to get more out of his vehicle that has given Mercedes its first real challenge in years. These aren't the positions that Alonso wants to compete for, nor the sounds that a man fully committed to his team will make.

"So thanks to those big opportunities and the luck I have to be able to participate in those, winning is the next target".

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