F1 veteran Esteban Gutierrez tested IndyCar
waters with Dale Coyne Racing at Detroit in
place of Sebastien Bourdais. The Mexican
was quick, if not on the epic pace of Tristan
Vautier, who took over the seat for Texas.
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16 AUGUST 2017
Fernando Alonso proved all he was cracked up to be in his
Indianapolis 500 debut...until his Honda cracked under him
Overly hyped stories often fail to live up
to expectations, but such was not the case
with Formula 1 ace Fernando Alonso’s
debut at the Indianapolis 500. As debonair
and deferential out of the car as he was
smooth, precise and relentlessly fast in it,
the two-time world champion continually
impressed rivals, fans and media getting
their first impressions of him, while giving
the countless fans he brought with him
plenty to cheer about.
The irony that his efforts were ultimately
undone by the same thing that has
squandered his talents in F1 the last two
years – a failed Honda power plant –
couldn’t have been lost on him but, after
leading 27 laps, Alonso remained upbeat.
“It’s a shame, I thought we deserved to
finish the race and experience the end. Who
knows which position we could be,” he said.
“The whole day has been a very nice
experience. It was a nice surprise to be with
the best in oval racing and be competitive.
ABOVE IT ALL
Scott Dixon’s soar
into the inside wall
during the Indy 500
was as terrifying as
after escaping from
it with a minor ankle
injury was awe-inspiring. Days later
in Detroit, he sent
another message by
topping the first
In a demonstration of affection for the
race and its traditions, Alonso pulled out
a carton of milk and toasted the media
as he bid farewell to his first Indy 500.
If I come back, it will be easier.”
The rousing cheers he got from the
stands suggested Alonso will have plenty
of domestic as well as foreign support if
he does, and Alonso stirred the pot a little
more on the subject in the weeks that
followed. In a live interview with NBCSN
during the IndyCar race at Texas, the
Spaniard didn’t dismiss the possibility of a
full-time tilt at IndyCar racing, although he
indicated that pursuit of a competitive F1
seat remained his first choice for 2018.
Whether he returns or not, no one could
argue that Indy wasn’t better for having
Alonso in the field.
The only thing
from his devasting
crash is the speed
of his recovery.
hip and pelvic
Bourdais aims to
return for Watkins
Glen in September.
“It was a nice surprise to be with the
best in oval racing and be competitive.
If I come back, it will be easier”