Red Bull not as dominant as in 2011 – Alonso

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Fernando Alonso does not believe Red Bull’s form this year has reached the dominant levels they achieved in 2011 despite Sebastian Vettel having now won half of the races so far this year.

“I think it’s more tight this year than 2011,” said Alonso after finishing second at Monza, “and also there are more teams in the battle”.

“There is not only Red Bull who can be on pole position etc; there is Mercedes who have done many pole positions this year etc, so many races are coming with many interesting combinations of performance so what we have to do is try to be close to the top in all track characteristics.”

In the 19-race 2011 season Red Bull took 18 pole positions and won 12 races. Vettel claimed the title in Japan with four races to spare.

Alonso believes Ferrari have improved their form in recent races but the next race in Singapore will show whether they can compete with Red Bull on high downforce tracks:

“We made some changes in the car, they seemed to be positive in Spa, seem to be good and positive in Monza, but when we reach the maximum level of downforce in Singapore, like we had in Hungary, we need to check.

“If we still have Mercedes in front, Lotus in front and some other teams, we will be more or less the same as in Hungary and we don’t want to be. I think we prepare the car and we prepare everything to make a step forward and in Singapore hopefully we can see it.”

Defending winner Takuma Sato to grace front of 2018 Indy 500 tickets

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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has unveiled what the ticket for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 will look like.

The ticket features blue and red foil stamped with a sculptural embossing of last year’s 500 winner, Takuma Sato, in victory lane, holding the ceremonial winner’s bottle of milk. Sato became the first Japanese driver to win the Greatest Spectacle In Racing, driving for Andretti Autosport.

The ticket was revealed Thursday during a ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse that featured Sato, now with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, as well as Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Hulman & Company President and CEO Mark Miles, IMS President J. Douglas Boles and Hulman Motorsports Senior Vice President of Events Allison Melangton.

The Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will be held Sunday, May 27 at IMS.

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