After his tough start to the Formula 1 season, Fernando Alonso finally finished a race in Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix, his race on home soil.
Alonso starred with seventh place on the grid but didn’t have the race pace to back it up in his McLaren Honda. Even with some notable retirements ahead of him, he finished in 12th place, albeit ahead of both Williams Mercedes.
That being said, Alonso was thrilled to have at least enough positive momentum from one good race and a somewhat promising weekend by 2017 standards in Barcelona. He now heads immediately to Indianapolis, where he’ll be set to take part in the No. 29 McLaren Honda Andretti entry in this year’s 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, the marquee race of the Verizon IndyCar Series season.
“It has been a good weekend in general. A positive. At the moment we finished the race. Hopefully this is a first step forward on reliability. There was not the pace to be in the points
“At end of the day we had too much tire difference. For passing, I was with new softs, and Williams on old mediums.”
Alonso is now airport-bound as he’ll be looking to get the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as quick as possible on Monday, for his first run since his test on May 3.
“I’m looking forward to it. It’s a nice challenge,” he said. “First of all, 9 a.m. I need to be at the circuit and 12 I need to be in the car for practice! So it’s nine hours in the plane, flying overnight to Indianapolis.
“Tomorrow morning I’ll be ready to change my mind and get into the Indianapolis driving mentality. I think it will be a great event. I will enjoy it to the maximum. The performance… I think will come naturally.
“I will enjoy as much as I can, every single minute of the next two weeks.”