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Andretti drivers enthusiastic about Alonso's Indy 500 run

Column: So what that Alonso is racing the Indy 500? F1 Drivers Finally Act Like Normal Snarky Humans On The Team Radio
Clarence Duncan | 24 April, 2017, 02:49

Alonso-who is widely considered one of the best drivers in the world, having won 32 F1 races and championships in 2005 and 2006. -announced that he'd skip next month's Monaco Grand Prix and instead drive in the Indianapolis 500 on May 28; he spent the morning at Barber talking to the media at a press conference, toured the vehicle paddock area, then enjoyed some time with fans before the 90-lap, 207-mile race got underway.

"We watch data lap-by-lap, so we can tell you that yes there are a few times in the first few races when all was working in his auto, himself was driving properly".

Some of Alonso's rivals - notably Romain Grosjean and Nico Hulkenberg - questioned the wisdom of Spaniard Alonso taking on the unsafe American oval race with little preparation.

For this season, Montoya will drive the No. 22 Team Penske Chevrolet as part of a one-off deal. The opportunity with Penske came to do this and I thought it would be. for long-term would be the best thing for me and it's good. I'm really looking forward [to it]. Alonso couldn't resist taking a jab at the two-time Indy 500 victor. "But I think the situation with the vehicle [in F1] is hard and he wants to try something else".

All parties have admitted that if McLaren and Honda weren't struggling so much in F1 right now, Alonso never could have skipped Monaco to race Indianapolis. The duo had shared podium eight times during their Formula One careers so far.

Alonso's biggest challenge is likely to be learning how to handle a auto in the traffic and turbulence of a tightly-bunched 33-car field. I think if he is patient enough through the week and builds to it, I think he will be fine. So it's good that there's someone going back to its roots like this, it's wonderful.

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LEEDS, Alabama:IndyCar drivers will throw out the welcome mat for Fernando Alonso on his Indianapolis 500 debut next month but have warned the double Formula One champion not to expect any support on the track. The Spaniard is having a torrid season in Formula One and a strong performance at the Indy 500 could give him the confidence he requires to change his luck in F1.


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