Alexander Rossi: “We’ve been pretty strong up until today”

Alexander Rossi - Credit: Walter Kuhn / IndyCar

Despite finding himself inside the top ten during Fast Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, American Indianapolis 500 rookie Alexander Rossi was a little unhappy, having been unable to match the pace of his four team-mates.

The Andretti Herta Autosport driver set a best time of 38.9867s, which equates to an average lap speed of 230.848s, but was unable to match the pace of Andretti Autosport team-mates Carlos Munoz, Marco Andretti, Townsend Bell and Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Rossi is hopeful that the team can work out why there is a difference between himself and his team-mates overnight so to be in with a chance of making it into the top nine during Saturday’s qualifying session that will enable him to fight for pole position on Sunday.

“It was a difficult day, for some weird reason,” revealed Rossi. “We’ve been pretty strong up until today, so we need to look and see why that is.

“I think, compared to team-mates, we are just missing speed for no apparent reason so we need to look at that tonight.

“This place is tricky; I guess – it changes day to day. So we just have to work hard tonight and come back stronger tomorrow with the NAPA Auto Parts/Curb car.”