Fernando Alonso’s assault on the legendary Indianapolis 500 was the motorsport story of 2017. The two-time F1 World Champion’s bid for part 2 of the fabled ‘triple crown’ nearly broke the Internet as an active F1 driver graced the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time since Graham Hill in 1966
The Spaniard’s bid to win in his rookie season was guided by former Indy 500 winner and IndyCar champion, Gil de Ferran. Acting as advisor to Alonso, de Ferran was instrumental in getting the McLaren driver up to speed during the month of May.
Our friends at Mobil 1 The Grid caught up with de Ferran to get the inside track on Alonso’s Indy 500 adventure and how he came close to emulating Graham Hill – the only winner of the triple crown – to become a rookie winner.