News "Not a prima donna": IndyCar bosses shower Alonso with praise

17:25  20 august  2020
17:25  20 august  2020 Source:   sport1.de

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Fernando Alonso hinterlässt bei den IndyCar-Chefs einen hervorragenden Eindruck © Motorsport Images Fernando Alonso leaves an excellent impression on the IndyCar bosses

This impression may be surprising for some Formula 1 fans: IndyCar boss Mark Miles , who has directed the financial fortunes of the IndyCar series for years, his right-hand man for the sporty Jay Frye and Indianapolis route manager Doug Boles are enthusiastic about the Spanish superstar and consider him to be extremely down-to-earth.

The American cannot understand the European image of Alonso, who is often decried as a diva or prima donna: "I've gotten to know him a little by now. I just admire him. He is one of the greatest drivers of all time and one of the most famous personalities around the world. But he is not a prima donna. "

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"For me he is absolutely down to earth. He goes about his job and doesn't demand any attention. He doesn't look for any abbreviations or special treatment. I just think that he is an absolute professional and a very down-to-earth person. It was good to get to know him really a pleasure. "

Frye doesn't skimp on superlatives either: "He's one of the best of all time. Of course we're delighted that he's here. We've got to know him over the past two to three years. That he was back at pace so quickly , do not surprise us. "

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Alonso is affected by the collective weakness of the Chevrolet teams (with the exception of Ed Carpenter Racing) and qualified only as the 26th - amidst big names like Will Power or Helio Castroneves. ( Results Indy 500 2020 )

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But in the free practice sessions he showed that he can cope much better in the race trim with less boost pressure in traffic. He was fifth in the first practice session and eighth in the second, which even an accident couldn't change.

"I wouldn't say that he exceeded expectations because you have high expectations of someone like that," continues Frye. "He's on track. Our fans were immediately enthusiastic about him. They knew what kind of talent he is."

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The two-time Formula 1 world champion and Le Mans winner also worked on that himself, as Boles explains: "Simply the way he absorbed the entire experience of the Indy 500. He made himself available to the fans in Zoom meetings and did a lot for them in other ways. "

"The way he took it all, the fans will wish him that he does well. We are thrilled that we have him. And I know that the other drivers are too. It's been a nice experience in the past Days when our paths crossed. "

Of course these hymns of praise are not without background: IndyCar knows how important a workhorse like Fernando Alonso is for the charisma of the series. However, they will have to do without him again after 2020: Renault will not release Alonso from his Formula 1 comeback from 2021 for the Indianapolis 500 mile race .

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