Spaniard continues to impress as he prepares to try and claim triple crown at next week’s 500-mile race in Indiana
FERNANDO ALONSO continues to impress as he bids to qualify for the Indianapolis 500.
The Spaniard finished fourth quickest in practice as he took to the roads on Thursday.
Alonso will miss the Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix to take part in the 500-mile race in Indiana.
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The 35-year-old landed in Indianapolis earlier this week after coming 12th in the Spanish GP last weekend.
Although Formula One remains his main aim, he has now revealed his ambition of landing the “triple crown” of the Monaco GP, Indy 500 and the Le Mans 24 Hours race.
Alonso said: “I’ve won the Monaco Grand Prix twice, and it’s one of my ambitions to win the Triple Crown, which has been achieved by only one driver in the history of motorsport: Graham Hill.”
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The double F1 world champion will take part in three further practice days at the superspeedway this week before the official qualifying takes place on Saturday and Sunday.
The race takes place on Sunday May 28.
He added: “The car felt quite OK from the very beginning of the morning, but then I think we did improve it during the day, so I’m quite happy.
“We worked still a lot on the race situation, keeping other guys out there and running in traffic.
“I think we found a good balance for traffic.
“I think tomorrow we will concentrate a little bit more alone on qualifying, but the priority is the race.”
British racing star Jay Howard recorded the fastest time on Thursday with a speed of 226.744 mph.