The second day of practice of the Indianapolis 500-Mile race ended with more pain than glory for the Spanish driver Fernando Alonso crashed in the morning session and was unable to return to the track in the afternoon.
Alonso has two more days to fine-tune the McLaren Indy. The workouts will continue on Thursday and Friday. Saturday and Sunday will be held rounds of qualification for the race which will be held Sunday, may 26.
Alonso, who was unhurt in the spectacular accident, he was only able to complete 46 laps and reaching a top speed of 362,799 kilometers per hour, far from the numbers achieved by the fastest riders.
The day today was dominated by Josef Newgarden, of Team Penske, with a maximum speed of 368,308 kilometers per hour. To Newgarden followed by Scott Dixon, Spencer Pigot and Santino Ferrucci.
The cars of Newgarden and Pigot are powered by engines Chevrolet, the same that equips the McLaren Indy Alonso. Dixon and Ferrucci with engines from Honda.
The other Spanish in the competition, the Catalan Oriol Serviá, that with the number 77 is part of the Team Stange Racing, finished the day in 19th position with a maximum speed of 364,810 kilometers per hour after completing 88 laps.
Although McLaren Indy tried to repair the number 66 of Alonso to take part in the practice session of the afternoon, the damage suffered by the car made it impossible to leave the track before the closure of the circuit.
The accident and the loss of the greater part of the second day of training is added to the setbacks yesterday by the car of Alonso, nor could he circulate in the afternoon session due to problems apparently electrical.
In the first two days of testing, Alonso has only been able to complete 96 laps around the Motor Speedway of Indianapolis, where on the 26th of may will the legendary career of american.
Meanwhile, drivers like Ed Carpenter or Sebastien Bourdais have been able to do more than two laps in the first two days of workouts. For its part, Serviá has completed 148.
The impact of Alonso against the wall on the exit of the curve number 3 was the first of the trainings of the 103 edition of the 500 Miles of Indianapolis but not the only one.
In the afternoon session, the rookie Felix Rosenqvist, computer Chip Ganassi, also embedded against the wall and ended up crashing against protections located in the inner part of the circuit. Rosenqvist also was unharmed.
In the case of the accident of Alonso, the Spanish driver admitted that he had committed an error by relying too much on the ability of grip of his new McLaren Indy.
The car of Alonso hit the wall at the exit of the third corner of the oval, bounced back into the inside of the track and, after hitting the wall internal, ended up back on the track, at the entrance of the fourth curve.
“Error on my part underestimating today the grip in the turn 3. I feel sorry for the team and the people that will now have to work a lot. Lesson learned. Will come back with more force by the evening or tomorrow”, explained Alonso on his Twitter account.
In statements to the media, Alonso said he once committed the error, could do nothing to avoid the wall.
“Even if you had lifted your foot from the accelerator to the entrance of the curve, it was not enough. I lost completely the front. The wall came too close and too fast. Unfortunately, it happened today, and we will lose again some time,” said the double champion of the world Formula 1.
The sporting director of McLaren Racing, Gil de Ferran, said that despite the accident the team has to remain focused.
“I think that key is to be calm, to assess the situation properly and devise a plan to follow. It is an obligation to recover it. Our equipment is new but has a lot of good people and experienced, including Fernando who is a true professional,” said De Ferran.Translated from ABC News https://www.abc.es/deportes/abci-entrenamientos-indy-500-terminan-sin-alonso-pueda-regresar-pista-201905160202_noticia.html