Takuma Sato triumphs on a bad day for Alonso and Palou

The Asturian was harmed by his team when he was on a comeback like Palou, who had made some incredible overtaking, and crashed. Second win for the Japanese.


It reminded me of that old Renault 11 of my friend Juli, the first in the gang to have a car. He was old and wasted every weekend. "We push you and then and you put first or second and start ...", we said. And we did. Then we would return home from those records of our youth in the mountains of Madrid, we would come from Testa or the Pachá de Villalba. This exercise in nostalgia is relevant to what happened to Fernando Alonso at the Indianapolis 500 and how he lost the race or any chance of winning on his third foray into the oval and finished 21st in Sato's victory. Sometimes the word impossible lives up to its meaning. Not even if you are Alonso.

"We are going to push you and when you have speed go first", his engineers to Fernando in the pit lane. It was lap 142 and everything was going according to plan, I had spent saving on gasoline and with a good strategy from the initial 26th to the 16th and with all the drivers grouped together. But that stop came and ... Lap 151 after the highlight of the umpteenth accident, in this case Alex Rossi, with clutch problems that could not be fixed and from 22nd place and with a lost lap. Things had gone even worse for Alex Palou, out of the race after an accident when he was in the middle of a comeback, despite everything the Catalan rider left the stamp of talent.

Ahead Scott Dixon, great dominator of the event and leader of the championship, was first ahead of Takuma Sato, although after the Japanese he passed him and ... Several things happened, many things happened up to there. The race started with Marco Andretti on pole, we saw little else of the youngest of the saga, soon Dixon gets first and at that moment Palo is 12th and Alonso 22nd. The first yellow flag comes when Ed Carpenter goes against the wall and breaks the suspension, after that crash Alonso enters with Pagenaud or Castroneves in a strategy that seemed different from the rest. The Asturian wanted to be calm in those rear positions until lap 100 and from there to go back up. And that was. A new accident, now Ericsson, the former Swedish F1 driver. Palou is 19th and Alonso drops to 28th place, ahead of Pagenaud, last year's winner, who had not stopped.

On lap 68, Dixon is about to double Alonso, but the Spaniard is the fastest on the track at the time and Palou had achieved the fastest lap shortly before… The Asturian began the comeback. The attempt. Another crash, Kellet, lap 85, to the pit stop the first 18, including Alonso, but his stop is already slow. It is 16th with Palou 13th. The Catalan begins a series of incredible overtakings that take him to ninth place, Kaanan, Hunter Reay, Herta… he was going for Newgarden until… he goes long in turn one, crash and the young Catalan out of the race. Another one in the attempt.

Before the highlight is when Alonso ran into problems in his SP Arrow McLaren. Above Dixon, Sato, Rahal, Ferruci, Newgarden it seems that they are going to play the triumph. The Australian and the Japanese are faster. At ten laps Takuma leads. At five the folded arrive and the Japanese goes to ... but one last accident: Pigot, terrible impact. Gana Sato, 43 years old, winner in 2017, does so with a yellow flag. Alonso finishes 21st without a clutch. It will take time to return, to do it with one of the greats. And to win. Now another challenge, the third F1 title. Impossible?

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