Fernando Alonso after Indy 500 practice crash: 'We will be back stronger'

Fernando Alonso after Indy 500 practice crash: 'We will be back stronger'

Alonso is prepping for his second Indianapolis 500 start.

Alonso hit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway wall three times and heavily damaged the auto McLaren built in its England factory when he lost control exiting the third turn as he followed Graham Rahal. In all, the McLaren Racing driver made contact with the wall three different times.

The real blow for Alonso and his team is if his No. 66 Chevrolet suffered so much damage - and it really doesn't look good - that they'll have to turn to a backup auto for the 103rd Indy 500 on Sunday, May 26.

"I think it was just pure understeer that I didn't expect", Alonso said. "I lost it completely". "Fortunately, it happened today".

Alonso, who was taken to the medical centre and released after checks, said: "We will lose a little bit of running time again".

"Mistake from my side [by] underestimating the grip in T3 today", Alonso wrote.

The 37-year-old started the day much better than how he finished on Tuesday, when his auto faced electrical issues. I'm sorry for the team and the guys that have to work a lot now. I'm sorry for the team, but we will learn and hopefully we will come back stronger tomorrow.

McLaren have set up a new team to run Alonso at the prestigious Indy 500 this year as he seeks to become only the second man in history to complete motorsport's unofficial "triple crown", which also includes the Monaco Grand Prix and Le Mans 24 Hours, both of which he has already won. He was impressive in his debut in 2017 before an engine issue cut his race short.

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