McLaren Honda Andretti driver Fernando Alonso completed 20 laps on the opening day of practice for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday.
The double Formula One champion, fresh from finishing the Spanish Formula One race on Sunday jumped straight back into the cockpit of his No.29 Honda Verizon IndyCar on Monday. The Spaniard ended the opening session in the morning as the fastest driver completing 35 laps with a fastest speed of 221.634mph.
In the afternoon however, he had limited track time due to a suspension issue and as a result Alonso finished the day in 19th place.
Speaking following the opening practice he said:
It was good. Good day. I will a little bit concerned about the conditions, about the temperature, much hotter today than the test we did here on the 3rd (of May). But no, the car felt good, felt as good as in the test, and I was able to make some setup changes, without, as I said, losing the confidence in the car. 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 were planning to run a little bit in traffic at the end of the day, so we missed that part, but overall it was an amazing day. 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, and I feel good.
“Not much running in traffic, so still the thing that I need to go through in the next couple of days, so that is something we need to chase tomorrow in the program. But I did two or three laps behind some cars that were going out of pit lane, and it was good fun, so I’m looking forward, and running along is enough.”