The sensations that Fernando Alonso had left during the last two days of testing were good enough to think of a great result in qualifying, and the first phase, contested this Saturday, has endorsed that idea. In his first duel against four laps with the fearsome, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the pilot asturian has managed to sneak in among the nine fast, so that tomorrow you will be able to play the session that will decide the first three rows of 3 and, therefore, the pole position.
Being the sixteenth in go out on track, the Spanish driver began his attempt of classification with two very good laps, with averages of 230.337 and 230.260 miles per hour. The following two, friction with the wall included, were somewhat worse (229.845 and 229.696), but sufficient to maintain an average in excess of 230 miles per hour a final average of 230.034. At the end of the classification, this average was the seventh-best, which ensured move on to the final round with sufficient margin.
That was close! @alo_oficial 3rd quickest so far #Indy500 pic.twitter.com/3j7RIa6JmN
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All of this occurred in a qualifying session that was reduced to only attempt guaranteed for each pilot, after which a storm of more than two hours to delay the start of the session in approximately five hours. The organization decided to ensure that today, followed the attempts of all the pilots, lengthening the usual time of closing of the circuit, to change, to dispense with the multiple attempts. All pilots, therefore, had a single letter to try to be among the nine fastest, and the most prominent was Ed Carpenter. The american pilot, an expert in ovals with two pole position for the race under his belt, he signed an excellent average of 230.468 miles, with four laps very consistent and high-speed (230.672, 230.670, 230.278 and 230.254), which gained him the better half of the grill.
The best returns, however, corresponded to Sebastien Bourdais. The frenchman recorded two turns spectacular with averages of 231.4 and 231.5 mph, but, in his third turn, he lost control of the rear on the curve 2 and contravolantéo. The very hard frontal impact, which forced to stop the session half an hour, then turned the car and pushed it several hundred metres. Bourdais maintained consciousness all the time, but had to be moved by ambulance to the Methodist Hospital of Indianapolis. There, the French have been detected multiple fractures in the pelvis, from which it will be operated, and a fracture of the right hip, which ruled out his participation in the race, so that Coyne must designate a substitute.
The accident of Bourdais, the attendances are serving you on track right now. You are aware, hopefully it is not anything #Indy500 pic.twitter.com/qVe5ljaB54
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Behind Carpenter, it ended up a Takuma Sato, which upheld the high speeds of yesterday, scoring an average of 230.382 with the best first lap of those who completed their attempt (230.871), by presenting its candidacy to the pole. Ganassi showed a great strength of the third position of Scott Dixon and the eighth Tony Kanaan, which contrasted with a Penske that has continued to suffer from the cute. The only exception has been Will Power, which had the sixth best average. The rest of their cars not moved from the 14th position, and will have to beat at the session high. Only Carpenter was able to be fast in a general way with the engines Chevrolet, as evidenced by the fourth position of J. R. Hildebrand
Alongside Alonso and Sato, Alexander Rossi and Marco Andretti completed a quartet of Andretti in the Fast Nine and only Ryan Hunter-Reay (13) and the operation satellite Jack Harvey fell. At the gates, it was the mate Bourdais, Ed Jones, who left the clear the good performance of the, until this year, cinderella Coyne as a team. For their part, the other Spanish rider, Oriol Servià, signed a good first lap is close to 230 miles per hour, but his car suffered from strong understeer and lost speed steadily, skimming the wall on two occasions, to end up with the 24th media faster (227.150). Last year managed a very similar situation by classifying the tenth… it Remains to be seen what will be able to he (from 20:45) and Alonso (23:00) tomorrow, the day in which it is determined the final order of the grill.
RESULTS OF THE FIRST PHASE OF CLASSIFICATION