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Alonso set quickest rookie time in first Indy 500 practice

Provisional moving from Formula 1 to Indy 500, Fernando Alonso set the quickest rookie lap-time through Monday’s practice for the Indianapolis 500 but lost his more practice running in the traffic due to a suspension problem.

The Spaniard completed 36 laps on the famous oval at a best average speed of 221.63mph. F1 double world champion admitted he had feared the furious hot sunshine and temperatures around 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) might be a problem before climbing into his McLaren-Honda-Andretti.

“I was a little bit concerned about the temperature, as it was much hotter today than at the test we did here on May 3rd,” Alonso said.

“But the car felt as good as it did at the test, and I was able to make some setup changes without losing the confidence in the car.”

Alonso’s session was interrupted by a suspension glitch which denied him the opportunity to practice driving in traffic.

“Everything went very smooth. The last half an hour maybe we had some issues with the rear suspension, and we could not complete the program that we had planned to run a little bit in traffic at the end of the day, so we missed that part,” Alonso said. “But over all, it was an amazing day.

“I’m happier than the first day with the car because I was able to feel some of the setup changes that we were planning in the morning.

“But we did not do much running in traffic, so that’s still the thing that I need to go through in the next couple of days. But I did two or three laps behind some cars that were going out of pit lane, and it was good fun.”

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