Fernando Alonso is there Sunday just not managed to will still be able to qualify for the Indianapolis 500. The two-time world champion in Formula 1, finished fourth in the so-called ‘shootout’.
The 37-year-old Alonso had when the first three finish to qualify for the 103rd edition of the Indy 500. The Spaniard was the Canadian James Hinchcliffe and the Americans Sage Karam and Kyle Kaiser for;.
In the ‘shootout’, each rider four laps on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the average speed is measured. Alonso came in his McLaren-Chevrolet to a speed of 365,889 kilometers per hour.
Alonso said after his run second behind Hinchcliffe (366,195), but then replaced Karam (366,512) the Canadian of the first place. The Briton Max Chilton and Mexican Patricio O’Ward were not up to the speed of Alonso, but Kaiser was with 365,920 kilometers per hour or slightly faster.
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Alonso just outside the top thirty in the first qualification
Alonso, last year Formula 1 career ended, was dependent on the ‘shootout’, because he Saturday was the 31st time in the first qualifier. Only the top thirty qualified for the race next week Sunday.
Earlier this week crashed into Alonso during the training in Indianapolis, which he Thursday not in action. “We perform the whole week been bad. Very bad. We are actually not ready for this,” he said.
By the lack of the race Alonso next year again hunting for the “Triple Crown of Motorsport’, the profit in the Monaco Grand Prix, the 24 hours of Le Mans and the Indy 500. He won in Monaco and at Le Mans, but missed the victory in Indianapolis. The Brit Graham Hill now remains the only driver with the ‘Triple Crown’.
Simon Pagenaud in action at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Pagenaud wins poleposition
The poleposition for the Indy 500 was claimed by Simon Pagenaud. The Frenchman came in the second qualifier to a speed of 370,136 kilometers per hour.
It is the first time Pagenaud from the first place to start in Indiana. The driver of the Team Penske continued the competition well before.
Ed Carpenter, last year the pole picked up, came with a speed of 369,970 still the closest. Spencer Pigot, that Saturday, the fastest in the first qualifier, finished third.