The third practice session of the Indianapolis 500 ended on Thursday without the Spanish Fernando Alonso could complete a single lap, as a result of the damage his car suffered on Wednesday when he crashed into the walls of the Indianapolis Speedway Motor (USA). ).
Although Alonso was unharmed in the accident, the 66-lap McLaren Indy he was driving was badly damaged, forcing the team to take hold of the reserve car to continue preparing for the race to be held on May 26.
The Asturian driver, two-time champion of the Formula 1 World Championship (in 2005 and 2006), and the McLaren Indy team had indicated that they expected to resume training on Thursday with this reserve vehicle.
But the mechanics could not complete the work of preparation of the car before the end of the day and Alonso was the only one of the 36 riders who are signed up for the race that could not leave this Thursday on track.
At the moment, the second participation of Alonso in the legendary American test, debuted in 2017, has been marked by setbacks. In the contact with the track, in April, the car prepared by McLaren Indy suffered electrical problems.
On Tuesday, Alonso can only drive during the first part of the day, and complete 50 laps, apparently due to a problem with the vehicle's alternator.
And on Wednesday, the bicampeón of Formula One only completed 46 laps before crashing against the outer wall of the track, an accident that Alonso attributed to a miscalculation on the ability to grip your vehicle.
While Alonso had to wait all day in the garage of McLaren Indy, his main rivals had a much more productive day, although the day ended earlier than expected due to the appearance of rain.
The British Ed Jones, Ed Carpenter Racing team, got the top spot in today's practice by reaching a maximum speed of 366.678 kilometers per hour with a vehicle equipped with a Chevrolet engine, the same as Alonso.
In second place was the number 30 of the veteran Japanese rider Takuma Sato, a single-seater equipped with Honda engine, with 364,837 kilometers per hour. The third position, also with Honda, went to Zach Veach, with a speed of 363,824 kilometers per hour.
The other Spaniard in the competition, Oriol Serviá, was ranked 28th after 49 laps and a top speed of 359.341 kilometers per hour.
This Friday will take place at the legendary Brickyard in Indiana on the last practice day before qualifying, which will be held on Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday, each driver will have up to three attempts to qualify among the fastest 33, which will eventually be the ones that play the Indianapolis 500.
The qualification of Saturday will allow to determine the nine cars that on Sunday will dispute the call 'Fast Nine Shootout' that will establish the 'pole position' and the order of the other eight pilots.
The rest of the drivers, from number 10 to 33, also play on Sunday, May 19, a single qualifying attempt that establishes their order on the grid for the day of the race. (tagsToTranslate) alonso (t) workouts (t) indy