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The Spanish Fernando Alonso will face for the third time, the challenge of achieving the triple crown by winning the Indianapolis 500 -already won in the Monaco Grand Prix of F1 in 2006 and 2007 and in the 24 Hours of LeMans in 2018 and 2019, and says he hopes this year his team, the Arrow McLaren SP powered by Chevrolet , be “competitive enough to fight for the victory”.
“ I Hope that this year we are sufficiently competitive so as to fight for the victory . Now, before you start the workouts, we are optimistic as we were last year. We must wait to see how much pace we have,” said the double champion of the world of F1 with Renault -2005 and 2006 – in statements at a press conference picked up by the web soymotor.
Alonso, after failed attempts in 2017, which left a lack of 21 laps by a failure of the Honda engine when he occupied the posts of head , and 2019, when he failed to qualify for the race -involving 33 cars-, considered the union of McLaren with the infrastructure of Sam Schmidt and Ric Peterson.
” I have No doubt that Arrow SP and his great experience will give us a plus this year , because last year we were not ready for the challenge. I am confident that it will be a good event for us, but let’s go step by step because there are many things to do”, he added.
On this occasion, Alonso will participate in the qualifying on Saturday, August 22, without the risk of running out since this year we have registered 33 cars and you will also see the stands empty after that the organization decided to not allow access to the public due to the pandemic of coronavirus.
” The magic of the Indy 500 were the fans and to have them so close . At Daytona and Sebring also had a lot of close contact with the fans that I will miss, although I don’t have to escape from the ‘selfies’ when you want to go to the bathroom (rio). We do not takes the pressure off the fact that he has not fans, they just will be sorely missed,” he said.
The action on the track starting today (17.00 CET) with the first free practice session, without pilots, novice, and which will have a duration of two hours. The race will be on Sunday 23 August and will begin at 20:30.
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