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F1 star Fernando Alonso speeds into fourth fastest in wind-swept Indy 500 practice as Spaniard chases 'triple crown'

Mirror logo Mirror 18/05/2017 Alex Sharp
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Fernando Alonso is quickly getting to grips with Indy 500 racing.

The two-time Formula One champion was fourth fastest in practice as strong winds played havoc with conditions for the drivers.


Alonso was buoyed by his progress, having finished practice in 24th position on Tuesday. His best lap of 219.533mph was well of the pace set by Ed Carpenter at 222.894, but the first three hours saw only 13 cars set representative times.

"It was tricky," said Alonso. “The conditions didn't help, but for me any condition is still a good lesson.

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"Everything went according to plan. The team used those runs also to test something in the background on engine tuning, so it was a productive day."

The McLaren Fl driver, who finished 12th in the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday, is bidding to become just the second driver to clinch the prestigious ‘triple crown’.

This includes the Monaco Grand Prix, the 24 Hours Le Mans race, and the Indy 500. Great Britain's Graham Hill is currently the only driver to complete the treble.


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His Indy 500 endeavours mean Alonso will miss the F1 Monaco Grand Prix on May 28, with Jenson Button, the 2009 world champion who retired at the end of last season, stepping in to race on the classic circuit

Alonso has just five days of practice this week to fine tune his Indy driving, ahead of qualifying on the weekend.


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