Alonso begins the assault on his penultimate dream

With training from Wednesday 12, the Asturian will try to win the Indy 500 and win the Triple Crown before returning to F1.


He had to listen to him, although he says no, he doesn't feel anything, maybe the concentration would prevent him, the adrenaline, what do I know ... but at that moment, when he overtook Tony Kanaan in the 2017 Indianapolis 500, Fernando Alonso somehow he had to feel more than three hundred thousand people rise from their seats and roar as one mass. It was amazing, watching Americans look at each other, hey man, have you seen that guy what he did? They shook hands, looked at each other, laughed. They know how to enjoy. That moment lasted longer and when they saw the Spaniard, the F1 star, lead the test, than the moment that damn Honda engine broke. A gesture with the mouth, a shrug of the shoulders and something else. He will return, they thought. And he did it, last year, so he couldn't even qualify for the race in a half-made McLaren that reminded him of the Minardi from his first year in F1. He will return, they felt. And it does. This year. But they will not be. Finally Alonso will attempt the assault on his penultimate dream, the Indianapolis 500, the Triple Crown without an audience, is his goal of the year before returning to his F1 world to pursue the final challenge, to become world champion again.

In principle, it was expected that the capacity would be made with 25%, that was the final figure, but despite the fact that Penske, the automotive legend in the United States and the de facto responsible for the competition, said that it would not be held without an audience, the Indianapolis Speedway “Following extensive and careful consultation with city and state leaders, Covid 19 trends in Indiana and Marion County have tripled, while the positives rate has doubled and the race it will be done without an audience. ”

The covid 19, the virus, the pandemic ... has also left out several teams and drivers, the last Oriol Serviá and if the presence of JR Hildebrand in the second Dreyer & Reinbold Racing car is finally made official, it will be 33 drivers ... so They will all be qualified for the race.

In this week's program, therefore, there will be no so-called Bump Day on Sunday, in which in 75 minutes the drivers were looking to get into the race and in which Alonso was left out last year because of Juncos Racing and his driver Kyle Kaiser. The Argentine team will not be in the competition this year due to financial problems.

With the entire program altered, the presence of the cars on the track will begin on Wednesday, they will continue on Thursday and Friday, although they will end at 11:30 p.m. Spanish time and the qualifying on Saturday will do so at 22:50 with two other previous test sessions. It will be that day when all the grid positions will be established except the first nine that will be decided from 7:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday with a previous practice that will have 45 minutes more than other years.

Already on Friday 21 the carb day free will take place while the race will be held on the 23 from 20:30 hours.

These days we will be looking at the real possibilities of Alonso to win the victory, at first glance he does not have a car as good as that McLaren of Andretti of the first occasion, nor as bad as last year with the help of Carlin, in fact His Arrow Mclaren SP has already reached the podium this year with the Mexican Pato O Ward.

Among the rivals Pagenaud, winner of last year, Dixon, current leader of the championship, with Penske and Ganassi respectively, two of the strongest teams, or the Andretti drivers such as Alex Rossi or Takuma Sato, now with Rahal. There will also be Alex Palou, a talented young Spanish rider, in his first year at Indy,

It will be this week, the one of Alonso's first days in Indianapolis where he has been for a few days, despite the fact that the quarantine was not mandatory and where he wants to dream again and fly at more than four hundred kilometers per hour, although this time no one can see ...

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