Spanish Fernando Alonso, two-time Formula 1 world champion, successfully completed the rookie orientation program at the Indianapolis circuit, and said after getting off the car that it had been "fun" and that he is looking forward to racing.
"It has been fun!", Said the Asturian in statements collected by the organization of the circuit. “It was a good way to start building speed. The team has been incredibly helpful. Now the good begins ”, he added.
With the number 29 on the helmet and aboard his orange Dallara DW12 Honda, the rider was able to see the characteristics of the oval, 4.022 meters long, four straights and nine degrees of cant in the four corners.
Alonso, 35, did 40 laps in three phases of speed to demonstrate the control he has over his car, an event that was followed by thousands of spectators on the Internet.
Phase 1 consisted of 10 laps at speeds greater than 338 km / h; phase 2 consisted of 15 laps at 346 km / h, and phase 3 required 15 laps at more than 354 km / h.
“It was difficult at first to reach the minimum speed. In the following stages I felt good, not because of the speed, but because of the laps. I was adjusting the acceleration, the deceleration and which gears to use in each corner ”, explained the pilot.
“The simulator is quite realistic. You have a first impression of how it is going to be. But the real car is a unique sensation, ”he added.
Alonso, who set his fastest time with 358,079 km / h, will start practicing on the circuit from May 15 and will continue on the track every day until the 19th. Then there will be two qualifying days: the 20th and the 21st of May.
The trainings will continue from May 22 to 26 and finally the test will take place on May 28.