Double Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso was back in action at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday during the open test ahead of the Indianapolis 500 which takes place on May 26.

The Spaniard in the No.66 Chevrolet powered McLaren had a few teething issues with the car coming to a halt as he headed out for the first time.

When Alonso got up and running he set a fastest speed of 218.690MPH.

Speaking following the test, Alonso said:

It’s good to be back, to feel again the magic of the place,”


“For us, obviously, we lost a little bit of time at the beginning. “This was more or less expected because, as I said, it was a brand new chassis, brand new car. Everything fit in the last week. We expect to run slowly, step by step, short runs at the beginning. It’s what we did.

“If we could probably have (run) the (install) laps at midday, maybe you discover these issues, then you have hours to work on the car, be ready for the afternoon. The weather delays everything. You do the lap at 5:30 p.m. and there is no room to get back on track on time.”

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