Fernando Alonso has completed the required ‘rookie orientation program’ for the Indy 500 and is now cleared to race in the event.
Alonso is missing this years Monaco grand prix for the Indy 500 in an attempt to achieve the triple crown of Motorsport, which includes 24hrs of Le Mans and the Monaco grand prix (which he has won twice).
As part of the session his Mclaren-Andretti-Honda car was revealed with it’s new livery. The livery in question consists of an almost full orange paint with small sliver & blue touches.
The test itself involved three stages of driving. The first stage is a 10 lap stint of the oval circuit driving between 205-10 mph. Stage two is similar to stage one but is 5 laps longer and has a speed range of 210-15 mph. Stage three is also 15 laps but is 215-20 mph.
Over the test he did a total of 51 laps over 4 stints and achieved a top speed of 219.654 mph.
Due to cold conditions, Marco Andretti’s shakedown run was delayed meaning Alonso didn’t get in the car until almost 11am track time.
The planned lunch break is now set to be cancelled so Alonso can get maximum running before the official practice starts on 15th May. This is due to rain forecast for later on.