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Alonso fails to qualify for 2019 Indy 500

  • Published on 19 May 2019 22:57
  • comments 9
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Fernando Alonso has failed to qualify for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500, after getting bumped following Sunday's qualifying.

Alonso didn't make it into the top 30 on Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, meaning he would have to contend against five other drivers for the final row for the start of next Sunday's race.

Alonso was third out of the blocks as three drivers competed for positions 31st to 33rd.

His lap initially put him second behind James Hinchcliffe, who survived the bump after his upset in 2018.

However, Sage Karam then went faster than both, which put Alonso on the brink of elimination. Patricio O'Ward failed to go faster, while Max Chilton was also bumped.

Kyle Kaiser was the last of the six to set a lap and snatched the final spot away from Alonso and McLaren, sending the Woking team home.

McLaren reportedly received help from fellow teams this morning, as Team Penske provided it with a setup sheet to help it tune the car.

Andretti Autosport is also believed to have provided assistance with McLaren's dampers, however the changes weren't enough for Alonso.

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  • Amazing. What a terrible job

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    • May 19 2019 - 23:09
  • Sadtomato

    Posts: 48

    Oh dear, how sad, nevermind

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    • May 20 2019 - 00:11
    • I wonder what Alonso will do next

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      • May 20 2019 - 00:30
    • f1ski

      Posts: 726

      sulk and blame

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      • May 20 2019 - 11:19
  • xoya

    Posts: 583

    Let's all take a moment to appreciate Alonso's career choices.

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    • May 20 2019 - 11:34
    • You do know that just in the last 12 months he won Le Mans and Daytona. He also was also in the fight to win Indy in his first attempt. But you're probably not too bothered by those facts when question "Alonso's career choices." Besides, it could always be worse. He could be a Kimi Raikkonen, having a car capable of winning for the last 6 years and having barely 1 win. Just saying...

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      • May 20 2019 - 16:36
    • xoya

      Posts: 583

      I am one of Alonso's greatest fans. I do know all those facts, but it is also a fact that behind his every good decision, there at least 3 bad ones. I still rate him as one of the top 5 drivers ever to have driven, along with Senna, Jim Clark, Hamilton and Fangio.

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      • May 20 2019 - 17:23
  • f1dave

    Posts: 782

    So much for all the hype !

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    • May 20 2019 - 18:11
    • I'm not sure why McLaren thought they could do this with a half-ass effort, partnering with a small-ass team. Surely they could sense the difference compared to working with Andretti in 2017. There are other big Chevy teams. I am baffled, frustrated, and royally pissed off that Fernando won't be at Indy.

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      • May 20 2019 - 21:24

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