Andretti drivers enthusiastic about Alonso's Indy 500 run

Andretti drivers enthusiastic about Alonso's Indy 500 run

Andretti drivers enthusiastic about Alonso's Indy 500 run

"What I find disappointing is how many (F1) drivers say 'why bother, it's only an oval race...it's risky, why would I race there?' Well, you're a racer". The team brought in Gil de Ferran, the 2003 Indy 500 victor, as driver coach for Alonso.

Current Renault F1 driver Nico Hulkenberg's one-off foray into the World Endurance Championship, in 2015, saw the German on his sportscar racing debut achieve ultimate glory at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans.

And the 35-year-old claims the idea has been in his head for a number of years but thought he would have to quit F1 to get the chance.

Fernando Alonso looks on during Sunday morning practice for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a similar call. "This is the only way to find a resolution to the conflict", Ayrault said. It called for an impartial investigation and urged the parties to the conflict to intensify direct talks.

Regarded as one of the best drivers in the world, Alonso has never competed in an oval race, and he'll make that big step next month at the world's most famous speedway, skipping the Monaco Grand Prix.

"I've already said that I think what he's doing shows that he's a real driver", Villeneuve, the 1997 world champion and a past Indy 500 victor, told Spanish daily AS.

He will be the sixth entry for Andretti Autosport at Indy in a partnership with Honda and McLaren.

Seven-time MotoGP champion Rossi - who tested a NASCAR stock-car at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2013 - thinks Alonso has a big challenge ahead of him. He'll also run the Spanish Grand Prix on May 14.

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"So that hasn't changed". "We've got to be more prepared", said Auston Matthews , who scored late in Toronto's comeback attempt. Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said, "Obviously, we were down 3-1 and get the five-on-three, and it's a big moment in the game".

"This obviously is not how I had hoped this would play-out, but I've done everything there was to do since surgery last Tuesday with good results", Hildebrand, 29, said in a statement.

"It takes us for forever through these test days to learn how to operate these tyres in the right window so I would imagine it's not an easy thing to do in one go".

"But I didn't think that it was possible to attempt until I was retiring from F1". Ed gave me my first chance to test an Indy vehicle a few months ago.

McLaren engineer: Fernando, we're considering Plan B. How are the tires? "If you have kids and a family I mean honestly, no need".

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But, eventually, we made the right strategy call and pushed on the good laps with some great overtaking maneuvers. To compound matters, Hamilton received a five-second penalty for his slow run in the pit lane.

NBC Sports Network will air qualifying at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday.

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