Fernando Alonso made most laps of anyone during the second practice for the 101st Indianapolis 500. The McLaren-Andretti Honda driver got used to driving in traffic and learned how it feels to move among rivals on an oval.
“It was good, it was good, very positive and productive day. 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 explained.
Fernando Alonso: “A lot of learning, some group running, finally with some traffic”
“(Running in traffic) felt OK, it felt as I expected. 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 teammates 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.”
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