Alonso thrilled af­ter ‘Happy Hour’

New Straits Times - - Sport -

TORONTO: Fer­nando Alonso sur­vived his first Brick­yard “Happy Hour” on Tues­day, the twice For­mula One world cham­pion get­ting a taste of what he can ex­pect when he lines up for the Indianapolis 500 later this month.

The prac­tice ses­sion was just the third at the track for Alonso, who will miss the Monaco Grand Prix to race the Indy 500.

Alonso com­pleted 117 laps in his McLaren Honda An­dretti Au­tosport around the sprawl­ing 4km oval and also got a feel for what it might be like on race day, par­tic­i­pat­ing in what is known as “Happy Hour.”

The fi­nal 60 min­utes of the day­long prac­tise ses­sion saw most of the 33 cars at­tempt­ing to qual­ify for the May 28 clas­sic sim­u­lat­ing race con­di­tions.

“It was good, very pos­i­tive and pro­duc­tive day,” said Alonso, who has put learn­ing to drive in the traf­fic and tur­bu­lence as his big­gest chal­lenge.

“We did a lot of laps, a lot of learn­ing, some group run­ning, fi­nally

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