Author: Jack
POSTED ON 21 May 2019

Fernando Alonso Knocked Out Of The Indy 500


In a series of unfortunate events, the two time F1 champion found himself in a dire situation after a crashing his primary race car last Wednesday, forcing home to result to rebuilding his backup car. Thursday was spent rebuilding the back to race car, and Friday was more of a test and tune which lead to generally slow pace.

Saturday brought even more bad news as a tire puncture and overall slow pace continued which resulted in Alonso fighting for the final three spots with six other drivers in the Last Row Shootout on Sunday.

The drama continued as Alonso was able to set an average speed of 227.353 mph during the shoot out. That would however would not be good enough as on Kaiser’s final attempt was able to best Alonso’s best with a 227.372 mph.

Every attempt, I drove with a loose car and didn’t lift,” Alonso said. “I drove with an understeer car; I didn’t lift. I drove with a rear puncture; I only lifted on the last lap because I could not make the corner. And today we went out with an experiment that we did overnight. We changed everything on the car because we thought that maybe we need something from the mental different to go into the race with some confidence because yesterday the car even if we were qualifying today, we were not maybe in the right philosophy to race next Sunday, and we went out not knowing what the car will do in Turn 1, but you’re still flat. So we tried.”