The Spanish pilot Fernando Alonso savored the adrenaline and speed of the oval of Indianapolis this saturday but he stayed far from the fastest, the ‘Fast 9’ who will fight for pole on Sunday and where the Spanish will also be Alex Palou, with which he will have to pull epic in the 500 miles on the 23rd.
The double world champion of F1, with his Ruoff Arrow McLaren SP Chevy number 66, lived a complicated qualifying day, with the 26th he will have on the grid, as it will also be to see him win in a week the only proof he lacks to have the ‘Triple Crown’. The Asturian’s average speed in his four timed laps was 228,678 miles per hour (368 km / h).
“I didn’t have the speed, but I’m still happy with the laps. I have interesting people around. It is always intense the four laps of Indy, now there is one day less for the big day,” Alonso wrote on Twitter, in his third round to the test, with a Chevrolet engine far outperformed by the Honda.
Meanwhile, another Spanish and novice in the competition as Alex Palou managed to be seventh and he will be in the ‘Fast Nine’ this Sunday, a new session that will decide the first nine starting positions. The 104th edition of this mythical test, which will have to be held without the 300,000 people in the stands due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is currently controlled by the Andretti Autosport team, with four cars in the first four positions.
Marco Andretti finished first Saturday (231.351 mph), ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi. The Indy oval still has a lot to say, unaccustomed to the August heat when the test is usually run in May.