Alonso positive after first traffic running at Indianapolis


Fernando Alonso enjoyed his first day of running in traffic at IMS on Tuesday - Credit: Jim Haines / IndyCar

Fernando Alonso had an extremely productive second day of practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, completing a day high 117 laps and finishing twenty-fourth fastest on Tuesday.

The McLaren Honda Andretti driver will now look at the information overnight to come back as a better oval driver as a result of his running.

“It was good, it was good, very positive and productive day,” said Alonso. “We did a lot of laps – 117 laps today I think – a lot of learning, some group running, finally with some traffic.

“So, it is information I will sleep on and be a better oval driver tomorrow.”

Alonso had his first proper experience of running in traffic, with his Andretti Autosport team-mates often grouping together to benefit each other with tows, and the Spaniard praised them all for giving him the opportunity to learn how to deal with traffic at the Speedway.

“It felt OK, it felt as I expected,” said Alonso. “Obviously, here it’s very important to keep close to the car in front of you, to take the benefit from the next straight. It was useful.

“I’m on the best team for that; we are six cars and we were running together. My team-mates were amazing (in) helping me. I knew they were taking care of me in some moments of the run, so that was good and yeah, first time for me.

“(I was) learning every lap here and there, you know, when I follow them, learning what they do, how they attack the next corner or the next lap, how they prepare the overtaking, so, it was very useful and a very productive day.”