Alonso shines in its simulation of the qualifier; Bourdais leads the Fast Friday


The expected Fast Friday has brought a time of intense preparation for the classification of this weekend, despite the arrests of more than two and a half hours because of rain. With forecasts meterológicas adverse, the teams rushed to get their pilots into conditions suitable for obtaining large speeds, hardly any wind and with a temperature, very fresh, and the increase of the pressure of the turbo to give the expected results, in particular in a first half-hour of frantic.

Already in the first laps exceeding 230 miles per hour on average without excessive problems, and the referral of 231 fell shortly after, rolling already below 39 seconds. However, no one has managed to take advantage of the speed and the rebufos as much as Sebastien Bourdais, who obtained an average of 233.116 mph (38.607 seconds) on his best lap. With this, the French rider Coyne was improved in more than a half-mph spin faster of 2016, achieving, turn, turn faster on the oval of Indianapolis from the year of the records of Arie Luyendyk, 1996. The French, in addition, it has also marked the best lap without rebufos, with an average of 231.192 mph.

Ryan Hunter-Reay occupies the second absolute position with an average of 232.132 mph, ahead of a group of 9 riders that reached 231, among them Fernando Alonso. The Spanish rider was the first to come out to the track and was quickly at times, reaching rub in a dangerous manner, the wall of turn 4, before leading the table both in absolute speed and in times without rebufos at a specific time. Once things calmed down, and with the rain approaching, the spaniard made a simulation of classification, in which he earned a respectable average of 230.049 mph, that would have exited in the sixth position last year.

Already in the Happy Hour, after the interruption by rain, the Spanish made a first simulation of classification that was affected by the rebufos: getting a better average of 231.827 mph, the fourth best in the table absolute, and an average of 231.4 mph in four laps. Later, he went out again, now without rebufos, and ran a simulation to be very consistent, in that three of the four laps were completed with an average of 229.7 mph, the final average of the four laps. Without rebufos, your average 230.966 mph, obtained in the first hour, was the fifth best of the day.

In that sense, the pilot who most caught the attention in the final hours was Takuma Sato. The pilot and japan signed four extraordinary lap without a slipstream to get a high average is close to 230.5 mph, similar to Scott Dixon seemed to be able to run before aborting their attempt. For his part, Oriol Servià returned to appear in the top half of the table, with a competitive average of 230.887 mph that puts him in the 14th position absolute. Without rebufos, however, the day was somewhat less positive, with a 229.581 with which he was 16th, and simulations of classification somewhat slower than expected.

during the period of the dry conditions, the session passed without major setbacks, with the exception of the third break of the engine of Honda so far this week, courtesy of Jack Harvey. Cars with engines of the brand nippon copan by now 12 of the first 14 positions in absolute speed, but the reliability is clear reason for concern. Already in the final hours, in full simulations of the qualifier, there were two accidents.

At 22:37 pm (Spanish time), Spencer Pigot hit almost front wall of the curve 2, although the blow had a higher incidence of side, and the pilot did not suffer any mishap; and, in the 18 minutes from the end, Zach Veach were injured in the curve 1 when you try to correct a loss of the tran back, with a hit of something more gentle. Both Reeds as Foyt should strive to fund to put these cars or have ready reserves of the face of the first phase of the classification, which takes place tomorrow