Indianapolis 500 heroes and zeroes

Takuma Sato took his maiden Indianapolis 500 victory in a frenetic finish to the 101st running of the iconic event. Dicing with 3-time winner Helio Castroneves in the closing laps the Japanese gave Michael Andretti back-to-back Indianapolis 500 wins. 2017 Indianapolis 500 heroes Hero –Takuma Sato This was not a lucky win. It was not down to fuel mileage or being…

Should IndyCar invest in Alonso?

Before Alonso-mania took over Indianapolis this week, attention was focused on what Fernando Alonso does next year. His McLaren contract is up this season and his ambitions remaining completely unfulfilled by the team. Unsurprisingly there is once again rumour in the F1 paddock of a move to Mercedes. There is talk of Ferrari too and nostalgic glances…

What does McLaren do after the Indy 500?

A lot of people scoffed at the appointment of Zak Brown to replace Ron Dennis as McLaren team boss. What does a marketing guy know about F1?  was a common criticism. After a dismal start to the 2017 F1 season and Honda seemingly further behind than ever, those same critics smelled blood in the water. Somewhat…

In (partial) defence of Jenna Fryer

AP correspondent Jenna Fryer’s recent article – so what if Alonso is doing the Indy 500? – caused a storm of controversy amongst fans, drivers and media. Fervent criticism plus a tidal wave of completely unacceptable abuse took away from the simple fact Fryer had put together a good critique of the situation – up to a…

IndyCar: If Rossi can do it…Alonso’s mission improbable

Fernando Alonso’s 2017 Indy 500 bid has been the talk of the IndyCar paddock for a couple of weeks. Now that the initial excitement and surprise has subsided – slightly – attention turned to the magnitude of the task at hand. But are people grossly underestimating the chances of the 2-time F1 World Champion becoming…

Alonso seeks legendary status with Indy 500 bid

No one saw this move by Fernando Alonso coming. Much like one of his overtakes in F1, the McLaren star did something that left the motorsport world almost speechless and asking: did he just do that? The double F1 World champion will compete at the 101st Indianapolis 500 for Andretti Autosport. With backing and the blessing of Honda…