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I’m 95% happy, 5% still more to come – Alonso

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Formula 1 double world champion, Fernando Alonso came through a delayed qualifying to put his McLaren-Honda-Andretti entry up into seventh ahead of the 101st Indianapolis 500.

Alonso qualified for the Indy 500 on Saturday as Ed Carpenter produced the day’s top speed. The Spaniard making his Indy debut, was seventh fastest with a four-lap average of 230.034 mph (370.204 kph) with Carpenter taking top honours at 230.468 mph.

“Everyone is telling me here is probably the least important qualifying that I will do in my career,” said Alonso.

“In the race, anything can happen, from whatever starting position you are. Even in the middle of the race, if you find yourself at the back of the group, you still have a chance to be in the race.

“I think everyone will pick up speed tomorrow. We will tune a little bit the car, and try to be more competitive. But when I close the visor, to be sure, I will go for it.”

Skipping the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix to race at Indianapolis has made Alonso the most talked-about driver at this year’s event.

“This race is definitely very special, the biggest motor sport event on the calendar. We are here to have fun, to enjoy the experience. A lot of support from the fans, as you can hear. Everything is going amazingly well.” The Spaniard added.

“I’m 95 percent happy, five percent still more to come,” Alonso said. “I keep learning, every lap. We will be in the Fast Nine, and I have that second shot. There is more speed in the car than we showed

“You only have one attempt, one shot, to put everything together from beginning to end. We didn’t touch the car (in the morning). The decisions we made yesterday, we just kept it. We didn’t know what the wind was doing, what the temperature was doing.”

French hopeful Sebastien Bourdais suffered leg fractures in a crash during the qualifying and was scheduled to have surgery later on Saturday, officials said.

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