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Sport Bourdais: “Alonso almost had it too easy” at Indy 500

02:41  14 june  2018
02:41  14 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

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It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted. Indianapolis • Sebastien Bourdais posted the fastest lap of the week during Friday's Indianapolis 500 practice session and kept the top spot even after a two hour, 36-minute rain delay.

Fernando Alonso, Andretti Autosport Honda© Steven Tee / LAT Images Fernando Alonso, Andretti Autosport Honda

Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais believes Fernando Alonso would find it much more difficult to be competitive in the Indy 500 with the new aero package.

Competing this weekend in the Le Mans 24 Hours for the first time, Alonso has taken aim at earning motorsport’s unofficial Triple Crown – winning the Monaco Grand Prix, Indy 500 and Le Mans – a feat achieved previously only by Graham Hill.

Alonso has already won Monaco twice and last year skipped the Grand Prix there to take part in the Indy 500, in a McLaren-entered Andretti Autosport-Honda car. He qualified fifth and led 27 laps but suffered an engine failure after completing 179 of the 200 laps.

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Sebastien Bourdais undergoes surgery after Indy qualifying crash. " It 's what this season has been for us so far,'' Bourdais said Friday. "We've had really good days and really Dale Coyne Racing announced Sunday that James Davison will replace Bourdais in the Indianapolis 500 on May 28.

Alonso could clinch pole at Indy 500 . It came after inclement weather delayed practice and qualifying at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway , where Bourdais was injured after a huge crash.

According to Bourdais, Alonso's attempts to win “the classics” prove his passion and commitment as a racer, but the 37-time race-winner and four time Champ Car title-winner doubts the two-time Formula 1 champion could have made such an immediate impression using IndyCar’s 2018 spec aerokit.

Despite admitting being "hugely surprised" to see Alonso decide an Indy 500 title run last year, he suggested Alonso’s performance was no better than expected in an Andretti Autosport car.

“I think it is all to [Alonso’s] credit,” Bourdais told Motorsport.com. “His attempts here [at Le Mans], as well as at Indy, show that he's a true motorsport lover and that he gives a special importance to heritage and its meaning. That's truly noble from him, to my mind.

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Dale Coyne Racing announced that Australian driver James Davison will replace Bourdais in the No. 18 GEICO Honda for next Sunday's race, making his fifth Indy car start and third in the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

Bourdais Crashes Hard During Indy 500 Qualifying: Video. Medical personnel reported that Bourdais was awake and alert the entire time and had no trouble moving his arms before they placed him on a “ It ’s going to take time, but I’m feeling pretty good since the surgery,” Bourdais said.

"[But at Indy] all Andretti cars are able to win, and he arrived in the perfect year with a product that was extremely well developed and extremely well controlled.

“Proof of that is my engineer [Craig Hampson]. He used to work at Andretti and when he arrived, we destroyed it all with what he knew until I destroyed myself too [hitting the wall in the Indy 500 qualifying]! When they saw us coming, they all got worried because we had such a rocket…"

"Fernando knows how to turn a steering wheel; he knows how to stick the foot down, too, so no, I wasn't surprised at all. His car was so exceptional that honestly, he almost had it too easy!

“I think that had he returned this year, he would have seen that ovals can sometimes be quite mighty. We've just been through a change in terms of aerokits and loads, and now it's not flat out anymore at all. Even in quali, it's complicated.”

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