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Alonso gearing up for the four “most horrible laps”

Formula 1 ace Fernando Alonso is gearing up for the four “most horrible laps” he will ever do in an IndyCar as his attention moves to qualifying for the Indianapolis 500.

The Spaniard was fourth fastest in practice on Thursday with an average speed of 225.619mph, Covering with 96 laps. The quickest time was set by Briton Jay Howard at 226.744mph.

“The car felt quite okay from the very beginning in the morning, but we did improve it during the day, so I’m quite happy,” Alonso said.

“We worked still a lot on the race situation, keeping other guys out there and running in traffic. I think we found a good balance for traffic.

“I think tomorrow we will concentrate a little bit more alone on qualifying, but the priority is the race.”

“I still miss more laps, but we will try to make the most of it tomorrow with more power and try to learn from that.” The Spaniard added.

Fernando, though, is gearing up for a faster day on Friday when the drivers are permitted to up their turbo boost from 130kPa to 140kPa. The ending day of practice before qualifying is known as ‘Fast Friday’ because the cars are put into qualifying fit, with reduced downforce and increased power from the engines.

“Gil de Ferran, my coach, told me that the four laps in qualifying will be the most horrible laps you’ve ever done because the car is very on the limit,” F1 double world champion added.

“But I will have a first touch tomorrow on Fast Friday and then we will see on Saturday.”

Triple crown

If Alonso were to beat the chances and win the Indianapolis 500 on May 28, the double F1 world champion will be one step away from the ‘Triple Crown of Motorsport’.

“I’ve won the Monaco Grand Prix twice, and it’s one of my ambitions to win the Triple Crown,” Alonso said in the McLaren statement that announced his intention to skip Formula One’s showcase Monaco race to compete at Indianapolis instead.

“I don’t know when I’m going to race at Le Mans, but one day I intend to. I’m only 35: I’ve got plenty of time for that,” added the Spaniard.



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