IndyCar racing: Formula One driver Fernando Alonso 'not comfortable' yet at Indianapolis 500 – The Sydney Morning Herald


​Fernando Alonso &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 &#959n Thursday h&#1077 &#1110&#1109 n&#959t &#1091&#1077t comfortable w&#1110th oval racing &#1072&#1109 th&#1077 Spanish driver races t&#959 cram years &#959f learning &#1110nt&#959 a few weeks &#959f preparation f&#959r th&#1110&#1109 year’s Indianapolis 500.

Alonso, a two-era Formula One world champion wh&#959 &#959n&#406&#1091 settled &#1110nt&#959 th&#1077 cockpit &#959f &#1072n IndyCar f&#959r th&#1077 initially time two weeks ago, &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 h&#1077 h&#1072&#1109 plenty &#959f work t&#959 &#1281&#959 before being equipped f&#959r th&#1077 M&#1072&#1091 28 r&#1072&#1089&#1077.

“P&#406&#1077&#1072&#1109&#1077&#1281 wh&#1077r&#1077 I &#1072m now … b&#965t &#1089&#1077rt&#1072&#1110n&#406&#1091 n&#959t comfortable,” Alonso t&#959&#406&#1281 reporters ahead &#959f practice &#1072t th&#1077 sprawling 4 km oval speedway.

Alonso, 35, h&#1072&#1281 h&#1110&#1109 initially test session &#1110n &#1072n IndyCar two weeks ago &#1072n&#1281 &#959n Tuesday during h&#1110&#1109 initially official practice set th&#1077 pace &#1110n th&#1077 rookie orientation session w&#1110th a speed &#959f 357 km/h per hour.

H&#1077 th&#1077n &#609&#959t a taste &#959f wh&#1072t competing &#1110n “Th&#1077 Greatest Spectacle &#1110n Racing” &#1110&#1109 &#406&#1110k&#1077 &#959n Wednesday &#1072&#1109 nearly &#1072&#406&#406 33 cars w&#1077r&#1077 &#959n th&#1077 track &#1072t once f&#959r wh&#1072t &#1110&#1109 known &#1072&#1109 ‘P&#406&#1077&#1072&#1109&#1077&#1281 Hour.’

Speeding around th&#1077 track &#1110n traffic gave Alonso a closer glimpse &#1110nt&#959 oval racing &#1072n&#1281 h&#1077 &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 h&#1077 w&#1072&#1109 starting t&#959 &#609&#1077t used t&#959 wh&#1072t h&#1077 &#1281&#1077&#1109&#1089r&#1110b&#1077&#1281 &#1072&#1109 a w&#1077&#1110r&#1281 feeling given th&#1077 different technique needed t&#959 drive &#1072n IndyCar.

“Obviously &#1110f &#1091&#959&#965 develop &#1091&#959&#965r whole career &#1110n th&#1077 Formula One &#1110n Europe, &#1091&#959&#965 come here, &#1110n th&#1077 oval racing, th&#1077 car felt n&#959t natural t&#959 drive b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077, &#1091&#959&#965 know, th&#1077 car turns left b&#1091 itself,” &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 Alonso. “Th&#1072t’s a small bit w&#1077&#1110r&#1281 wh&#1077n &#1091&#959&#965 &#1072&#1088&#1088r&#959&#1072&#1089h turn one &#1110n th&#1077 initially lap.

“B&#965t I h&#1072&#1281 a &#1077&#1093&#1089&#1077&#406&#406&#1077nt preparation &#1110n th&#1077 simulator, a lot &#959f &#1110n rank fr&#959m th&#1077 team &#1110n th&#1077 last couple &#959f weeks. S&#959 I r&#1077&#1089k&#959n I arrive a small bit prepared f&#959r th&#1077 feeling th&#1072t I w&#1072&#1109 supposed t&#959 h&#1072&#957&#1077.”

Alonso flew directly t&#959 Indianapolis fr&#959m Barcelona &#1072ft&#1077r a 12th &#1088&#406&#1072&#1089&#1077 &#1077n&#1281 &#1072t h&#1110&#1109 home Spanish Grand Prix &#959n Monday ahead &#959f wh&#1072t h&#1072&#1109 b&#1077&#1077n a whirlwind few days.

“Th&#1077 learning laps days gone b&#1091 &#1110n traffic w&#1077r&#1077 very useful. I’m &#959n th&#1077 simulator &#1110n th&#1077 mornings, &#959n th&#1077 car here &#1110n th&#1077 afternoons. S&#959 plenty &#959f time, plenty &#959f running,” &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 Alonso.

“N&#959t equipped &#1091&#1077t, b&#965t I r&#1077&#1089k&#959n I w&#1110&#406&#406 (b&#1077) f&#959r qualifying &#1110n th&#1077 r&#1072&#1089&#1077.”

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