Spanish Formula One driver Fernando Alonso claims that his time the Indy 500 is not yet finished. What has the venerable driver got up his sleeve?
Despite the incredibly disappointing end to the extensive build-up of Fernando Alonso’s stint in the Indy 500, the venerated Spanish F1 driver says that he’s already looking ahead for his next return. Alonso’s participating in the Indianapolis 500 was heralded as a huge move from every corner of the Motorsports world, and millions of motor racing fans tuned in to watch Alonso take a stab at the famous oval track.
Fernando’s participation in the Indy 500 may not have netted him the results that he wanted – as Honda’s infamous engine issues have plagued him once again – but that doesn’t mean he won’t be coming back ‘round the oval’ for another spin down the road.
Alonso’s already eyeballing his next chance to come back, saying that he’ll have a lot less catch up to do the next time around:
“Obviously, if I come back here, at least I know how everything is. It will not be the first time I do restarts, pitstops, all these kinds of things.
So, it will be an easier, let’s say, adaptation. Let’s see what happens in the following years. I need to keep pursuing this challenge, because winning the Indy 500 is not completed.
I’m obviously disappointed not to finish the race because every race you compete, you want to be at the checkered flag. Today it was not possible.” – Fernando Alonso
Despite not being able to finish the race, Alonso does get to go back to Formula One knowing that he’ll no longer have to doubt his speed in an Indy car as the Spaniard led the race for 27 laps around until team strategy saw him dip back a few rows.
“I know that I can be as quick as anyone in an F1 car, I didn’t know if I can be as quick as anyone in an IndyCar. It was nice to have this competitive feeling, leading the Indy 500.”
It’s hard to look at the fortunes that Honda’s power units have given Alonso and not think that the Japanese engine-maker has been below par. Granted, racing for 500 miles at speeds upwards of 230 MPH does produce some very significant wear and tear on the engine, and in the last third of the race the Indy 500 becomes as much of a race of attrition as it does about raw horsepower and driving prowess.
Still, Honda’s failures in two Motorsports simultaneously is a PR car crash. Their consumer-line cars are still selling like hotcakes, but to those customers who follow them in the high levels of peak, the recent string of failures will not be doing their bottom line any favors.
Perhaps next time Alonso comes around to the oval it won’t be under a McLaren-Andretti-Honda banner. And perhaps then we’ll see the world’s favorite Spaniard take one step closer to the coveted Triple Crown.