Alonso unsure if he will return to Indianapolis 500

In the round-up: Fernando Alonso admits he ‘cannot say yes or no’ to the question of whether he will race in the Indianapolis 500 again in the future

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Alonso unsure if Indy 500 return will happen in future

Fernando Alonso had set himself the target of winning motorsport’s ‘Triple Crown’, including the Indy 500, but is now unsure whether he will return to the race.

The Alpine driver took part in the 2017 edition of the race with McLaren Andretti, leading multiple laps before retiring with engine failure. Despite expressing his desire to return to the race in the future, Alonso admits he is fully committed to Formula 1 for now.

“Well, I will see, when the time arrives,” Alonso said. “Right now… my head is obviously totally focused on the race weekend and Formula 1 right now. And I see myself racing here for a few more years. After that, I don’t know.

“I cannot say yes, I cannot say no to the Indy 500. What is for sure is that now, it is not in my head because I’m fully focused here. So that probably was the answer.”

Drugovich and Maloney lose reverse-grid poles through penalties

Felipe Drugovich and Zane Maloney have lost their patrial-reverse-grid poles for Formula 2 and Formula 3’s sprint races respectively this weekend after receiving penalties.

Drugovich was hit by a three place grid drop for impeding The Pourchaire in F2 qualifying, dropping him to fourth on the grid for Saturday’s sprint race and promoting Calan Williams to pole. In Formula 3, Maloney was disqualified from qualifying after failing to stop at the weighbridge when called. He will have to start from the pit lane for both the sprint race on Saturday and the feature race on Sunday.

Chadwick takes ninth career W Series pole in Barcelona

Jamie Chadwick took pole position for the W Series race in Barcelona, ​​despite initially looking slightly off the pace.

Jessica Hawkins and Alice Powell were quickly at the top of the times in qualifying, exchanging the best lap in the early stages of the half-hour session, before Sarah Moore and Abbi Pulling became part of the mix fighting for pole. However, with five minutes remaining in the session, it was the two-time W Series champion who set the best lap time of the day – a 1’44.951, beating Powell’s second-placed time by 0.329 seconds.

Traffic in F3 qualifying an inevitability, say Martins and Smolyar

Second and third-placed Formula 3 qualifiers Victor Martins and Alexander Smolyar said that although both their lap programs were influenced by traffic in the final sector, it was just a characteristic of the Barcelona circuit.

“I would say some guys try to overtake at the latest possible,” explained Martins, saying that it was better for drivers to stay in a queue in the final corners than push for position. “[Qualifying] has been just a disaster on that side. For sure it quite a lot qualifying. But it’s how it is and it’s the same for, I would say, 80% of the field.”

Smolyar agreed, explaining that because the MP Motorsport garage is located near the front of the pit lane, he had been hopeful about controlling his track position. “I was quite happy because in Barcelona always sector three is a disaster But my car didn’t start in the first time, so I had to go to the back and then we cannot really do anything about it.

“Everyone is following the same sequence. No one wants do the push lap while everyone is doing cool down laps. So we all have to go,” continued Smolyar. “There were some people trying to overtake just in the last corners. Maybe there can be a rule saying that you cannot overtake, maybe there is something that can be adapted, but it’s always there and will be.”

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