Fernando Alonso is the Spaniard who hit the news headline when he missed last year’s Indy 500 qualification round with a slim margin of just 0.019mph after Kyle Kaiser pipped him.
What was the fuss about Alonso not qualifying for the second time at Indy? To answer this question, let’s touch a bit of history about the man in question.
Who is Fernando Alonso?
Alonso is a two-time Formula 1 world champion who left F1 to focus on getting a win at the Indy 500.
He is seeking to win the Triple Crown, which entails a title from Formula 1, 24 hours of Le Mans, and Indy 500. The Spaniard already has two titles at Formula 1 and has also won Monaco twice and Le Mans.
The only race that he is yet to win to fulfill his ambition of having the “Triple Crown” is the Indy 500.
The only other person to have the Triple Crown is Graham Hill. This year, 2020, Alonso will be trying his luck on a third trial to see whether he can reach the bars set by Hill.
What went wrong at 2019 Indy 500
Alonso, who was competing with a partnership of McLaren, faced a lot of problems that might have contributed to his downfall at the 2019 Indy 500.
He is a racer who has proved that he can be quite competitive at the Indy, but on this once, we can all blame the McLaren.
How did McLaren fail Alonso?
During the first day of Indy practice, Alonso’s car had an electrical issue, and on the second day, the car crashed, and he missed out on the third practice because of an engine problem.
It takes time and resources to set up a new team that can be competitive at the Indy 500. And we guess that McLaren did not plan thoroughly in this case.
Therefore, we think that McLaren didn’t prepare adequately for the race, and that’s why Fernando Alonso Indy 500 was a failure and not a success.
Here is what McLaren had to say about the ordeal:
“It’s been a tough week for the team. We’re sorry that our fans didn’t get the chance to cheer us on at the Brickyard,”
With that much said, we can conclude that Alonso went into the race-blind, and that wasn’t supposed to be the case.
Fernando Alonso 2019 Indy 500 statements
We bet Alonso will be looking for another team after McLaren failed him. It was a project that struggled from the start to the end.
A scenario that left Alonso badly under-prepared and confused as well at the weekend’s qualification round.
Here is what Alonso had to say about one of his unlucky day that left a bitter blow for the Triple Crown quest.
“A difficult week, no doubts, we tried our best, even today with a completely different setup and approach, four laps flat on the throttle, but we were not fast enough.”
“It’s never easy to drive around here at 227mph+, and want more speed… We tried our best, and we’ve been brave at times, but there were people doing a better job than us.
“Successor disappointments only come if you accept big challenges. We accepted. Thanks to the massive support always here at the speedway and everyone at home.”
Fernando Alonso Indy 500 is still on, and he will be looking for a new team to help him at least have a likelihood of getting his hands on the Indy Championship.
Alonso claims that winning Indy 500 is the last big ambition of his career.
What can we expect in 2020 for Fernando Alonso Indy 500 attempt?
According to reports from ESPN, Alonso’s chance of signing a new deal with Michael Andretti’s team is inevitable and, at the same time, very close.
Here is what Andretti had to say about the speculations.
“It’s not done yet, but it’s looking pretty good, we want it to happen, and I’ve just got to figure out how to get it funded. I think we can find a sponsor, but do I roll the dice, sign him and then hope to get it funded? I really enjoy working with the guy, and I want to make it happen.”
Therefore, we don’t think Alonso will be looking to partner up with McLaren even with the efforts they are showing.
Alonso confirmed that he is attempting the Indy 500 with the best possible team. Here is what he had to say:
“But the objective in terms of competitiveness and trying to win something important is the Indianapolis 500.”
“For that, I will try to be in the best possible team and the best possible conditions. Hopefully, something can be finalized soon.”
Do you think Fernando Alonso Indy 500 has a chance this year? Why don’t you come and see it for yourself? The race will start on Sunday, May 24, 2020, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.