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Palou tells MD: ‘Spain will go crazy if I win the Indy 500 on Sunday and Alonso finishes 33rd’



this Sunday, Alex Palou You have a date with history. I have another one in my private account. In 2021, he became the first Spaniard to win the title. indy car It’s only been two years since I entered the US division. He shined on his first course and was among the best in ‘Qualifying’ on his first course. 500 miles One of the humblest cars and unsponsored. In 2021 he will indy 500 Heart Attack ended in second place for Meteor.of 2022Only the yellow flag came out at the worst moment, but it prevented the subsequent victory. comes second. And this year, he once again made history, becoming the first Spaniard to win pole position in one of the most important races on the planet, the 107th. This Sunday he hopes to win and be promoted to the Olympus of motorsport.

Oddly enough, Palou’s feat can happen on the same Sunday. Fernando Alonso He could have chosen to take his 33rd F1 victory in Monaco, the first Spaniard in over a decade to do so. Palou He already winks at the Oviedo native in a tweet, indicating that he uses 133 Honda engines. And at the pre-race press conference on a great Sunday, Palou replied: medical doctor He talked about how it would be great if he and Fernando could win on the same day at two of the most iconic races on the planet, Monaco and Indianapolis.

“If that happens, Spain will go a little crazy, especially because of Fernando Alonso, but I think it’s also our fault,” he told the newspaper.


Message to Spanish fans

“The truth is that people love IndyCar and the Indianapolis 500 and it’s nice to see that they have a lot of support. Obviously times have changed, distances have changed and in F1 With the two Spanish drivers in a very good position, it’s obvious.” Visibility is even more difficult, but the truth is I can’t complain at all, I’m very happy. added, sending a message to all the Spanish fans who will be chasing him in front of their TVs this Sunday.

“A message to them? Nothing. Thank you for all the support, they are pushing us at the top, everything is helping and we are in the best position possible on Sunday. I’m going to try my best to win it.” One more thing about San Antoni de Vilamayor.

Speaking at a press conference for the Spanish media, Alex said: “I’m looking forward to Sunday and to be able to lead the race to the green flag. It’s a special thing to do,” he said.

When asked about the pressure he feels before starting from pole position at the Indy 500, and whether he thinks Chip Ganassi’s final year under contract (his future is still unknown) will give him a great chance to win, the Spaniard said. I affirmed this. He is unconcerned about his future, saying he feels “more aspirations than pressures”.

“The truth is that I have more desire than pressure. Clearly everyone is under pressure and we also did well to start from pole position and have a great car in the race. I’m under pressure to show that…but I really want to.” On race day, I think we will be more prepared than ever and we will have one of the best cars. Yes, otherwise I wouldn’t have been on pole position. I am not at all worried about the future. “I’m 100% thinking about the future. I’m trying to do a little better on Sunday than I did in 2021 and have a perfect May,” he insisted.

“Here we are at the top. We were already on a tight schedule, but suddenly with pole position it was even more fulfilling,” he said of the days leading up to his appointment. “I didn’t have much time. But on Tuesday, for example, I took it off and went to the lake to enjoy the sunny days with my family. And around here, apart from work, the team Guys, we had a pickleball tournament and it was a lot of fun,” he concluded.

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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Alonso within 2 tenths of Verstappen in the second test of the Spanish GP




Max Verstappen in the Red Bull RB19 stayed on top in free practice for the Spanish GP in FP2, but this time Fernando Alonso in the Aston Martin AMR23 edged him by 0.17s.

In contrast to the first free practice session of the Spanish GP, the 7th race of this year’s Formula 1 at the Barcelona circuit, the second one was quite interesting: in the qualifying test simulation, 17 of the 20 drivers were within the same second.

Still, Max Verstappen stayed in the lead in the second session, which stayed dry despite the threatening clouds in the skies over Catalonia – in a Red Bull RB19 that was adapted to the aerodynamic data of the Montmelo circuit. The Dutchman showed from the start that he had found the settings to get Milton Keynes’ car back on its feet in those three days.

In the opening minutes, many drivers once again used Pirelli’s experimental new tyres, which will be introduced to the sport from the British GP onwards. Verstappen was again fastest initially on the new hard C1, before the two Ferrari SF-23s – with all their design improvements made over the three days – came out unusually early on the soft rubber.

Carlos Sainz was first 6 tenths ahead of his compatriots and then – in the second attempt of the two Scuderia drivers – 2 tenths faster than his Scuderia colleague Charles Leclerc. Sainz’s time was soon beaten by Verstappen on the medium tyre, but the Ferrari Spaniard responded with another fast lap on the soft tyre, clocking the time at 1’14.274 and putting him back in front.

Very quickly, Leclerc took the lead by 28 milliseconds until Verstappen, on his first fast lap on the tyre, set the fastest lap of 1:13.907. With this time – the only one under 1:14 – the Dutchman stayed at the top until the end.

The second test at the Spanish GP

Then came the surprise of Haas’ Nico Hulkenberg, who set the fastest lap of the day in the Haas VF-23 on the first leg, catching Verstappen to within 0.27 inches. And in the end Alonso came up with the fastest pass in the third leg between the Dutch and the Germans.

Sergio Perez in the other Red Bull RB19 and Esteban Ocon in the Alpine A523 saw the two Ferraris drop to 6th and 7th towards the end before all drivers switched to the two harder tires to collect data for the lap series. This did not change anything in the standings up to the checkered flag.

Mercedes were dropped to 8th with George Russell – who retired early at Turn 10 when he met Oscar Piastri’s slow-moving McLaren – and 11th with Lewis Hamilton. The two Englishmen were 0.48 and 0.64 seconds behind Verstappen respectively, with the W14 receiving further new components over the three days – after the one in Monaco.

Brackley’s car bounced again in the last two fast corners on the new layout of the Montmelo circuit, which – for the first time in 17 years – disrupted the final chicane.

Although Alonso doesn’t seem to have quite the speed at the front that the Aston Martin AMR23 needs to threaten Verstappen and perhaps the Ferraris, who are quite quick in the one round of qualifying testing, he’s further behind – with such small ones Intervals – unpredictable struggle in tomorrow’s (03.06., 17:00) qualifying tests of the Spanish GP.

However, the rather ominous sky over these three days can change the facts: in addition to the cloud cover, which lowers the temperature of the tarmac – with all the consequences this has for tire management in the race – the chance of rain is high both in tomorrow’s qualifying tests and at the GP on Sunday.

Source: sport 24

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Verstappen is the best in the second practice of the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix




Red Bull driver Max Verstappen took first place in the second free practice session of the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix.

The time of the Dutch rider is 1 minute 13.907 seconds. Spaniard Fernando Alonso from Aston Martin was second (0.170 seconds back), followed by German Haas driver Nico Hulkenberg (+0.270).

On Saturday, the third practice and qualification of the Spanish Grand Prix will take place.

“Formula 1”. Eighth stage. Spanish Grand Prix

Second workout

1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) – 1.13.907

2. Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin) – +0.170

3. Nico Hulkenberg (Haas) – +0.270

4. Sergio Perez (Red Bull) – +0.312

5. Esteban Ocon (Alpin) – +0.335

6. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) – +0.339

7. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) – +0.367

8. George Russell (Mercedes) – +0.485

9. Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) – +0.541

10. Pierre Gasly (Alpin) – +0.550

Source: Sportbox

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Formula 1 Sells $888,000 Las Vegas Grand Prix Package: What’s in It




Have almost a million dollars to spare and want to visit the historic Las Vegas Grand Prix? We have the ultimate package for you!

From November 16th to 18th, the heart of motorsport will be beating in Sin City USA. Formula 1 will be in Las Vegas for the most glamorous Grand Prix of the season. The organizers are also offering an incredible $888,000 package for those who want a truly incredible experience.

What does the Resorts World 888 Experience include?

  • 1 Palace Suite
  • Private butler service
  • 6 Paddock Club tickets
  • 10 tickets for the main stage
  • First class private air transport
  • Transfers from and to the airport
  • Transfers to and from Paddock Club
  • VIP nightclub experience
  • VP experience at a spa
  • 8 VIP theater tickets
  • 1 entourage suite
  • 4 superior rooms
  • 4 personal tailoring and styling services
  • A multi-course dinner for up to 6 people

The Las Vegas Grand Prix is ​​held on the streets of the city. The track has a length of 6120 meters, 17 curves and a straight of 1900 meters. As one can easily see, the celebrities who were in Miami a few days ago will outnumber those who are heading to Nevada for this historic game.

Source: sport 24

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