Fernando Alonso won the applause of the audience after his impressive performance this week in Indianapolis that culminated with a fifth position on the grid of the Indianapolis 500-Mile race.
But the Spanish driver believes that it could have been even better, as it found problems in its second lap at the exit of the last curve. “I Think that today (the Fast Nine) the balance of the car was better than yesterday after a crash in free practice this morning. Unfortunately, in the second round, we had a problem with the overboost in the last curve, so it was like stepping on the brake at the exit of the curve. I think we lost a little speed on the main straight. But the way things are, nothing you can change now”, said, resigned, but happy for the result.
Alonso considers that the pole of Scott Dixon, 0.936 mph above the pilot of McLaren-Honda-Andretti, might have been feasible for him not to have had such a problem, although not believe that you assume too much difference in the race. “I Think we might have been able to easily fight for the pole position if we had not had that problem. At the end of the day, as soon as you make sure the top 9, there’s not really a big difference in the race”.
The team was amazing, there were kids of six cars working on the number 29 to make possible the change of engine.
The change of engine after free practice was the critical moment of the day, as it was necessary to carry out the replacement in record time, and it was thanks to the help of several mechanics of the rest of the cars associated with Andretti Autosport. “The guys had to change the engine in record time, in hour and a half, I’m happy to be in the classification. The team was amazing, there were kids of six cars working on the number 29 to make it possible. So thanks to the team work, I was able to leave”.