INDIANAPOLIS – Fernando Alonso only turned 50 laps at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Tuesday. See, Alonso’s No. 66 Chevrolet was dealing with some mechanical problems which limited their on track time on the opening day of Indianapolis 500 practice.
That comes after having their time limited on the April 24 test last month due to some problems then as well. They were two mph slower during the test than the car in front of them on the speed charts.
On Wednesday, the day started off with some more mechanical issues followed by the first practice crash of the month.
Alonso was following Graham Rahal around the famed 2.5-mile track but he got too high exiting Turn 3 and got into the outside SAFER barrier. That wasn’t the worst hit though. After Alonso came off the wall, he shot down towards the inside of the track and made heavy contact with the inside SAFER barrier. The contact was so strong, it sent his car back across the track and into the outside SAFER barrier in Turn 4.
The Spaniard hit three different walls in two separate turns in once accident. As you could probably imagine, the car was severely damaged.
Luckily, Alonso wasn’t injured, but his car is in dire need of repairs. The team brought the back up car out and while they were seen preparing it, they’re also trying to fix the primary car.
“It was understeer on the car, and even if I lifted the throttle on the entry of the corner, it was not enough, and I lost completely the front aero,” said Alonso, the two-time Formula 1 champion and 2017 Indy 500 rookie of the year. “The wall came too close and too quickly. Unfortunately, it happened today.
“I’m sorry for the team, but we will learn and hopefully we will come back stronger tomorrow. I’m disappointed and sad for the team and for the guys. We worked quite a lot on the car and definitely now it’s quite damaged, so I feel sorry for the team and for my mistake.”
Alonso, only turned 46 laps on the day with a top speed of 225.433 mph.
With how this month is going, he may be in the danger zone this weekend in terms of making the race.