A strong run from the Formula 1 star Fernando Alonso ended in tears after a Honda engine failure with 21 laps remaining in the 200 lap race, which will force him to return for another attempt.
Alonso was a real serious race winning contender, leading 27 laps in his Indianapolis campaign. He told the media that he still intends to be in a race-winning car in Formula One next year, but sees the Indy 500 as a challenge still to be completed.
His aim is to be the second-ever driver to win the Monaco GP, Indy 500 and 24 Hours of LeMans which will make him a complete driver.
“Definitely, yes,” said Alonso, when asked if he is hungry to return to Indy,
“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.”
Even with the disappointing engine failure, Alonso described the last two weeks as a “great experience”.
“I’m obviously disappointed not to finish the race because every race you compete, you want to be at the chequered flag,” he added.
“Today it was not possible. It was a great experience, the last two weeks. I came here to prove myself, to challenge myself.”
“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.”
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