Alonso finds 'good balance' for traffic
19 May 2017 – Fernando Alonso says he has found a "good balance" for running in traffic ahead of his assault on the Indianapolis 500 later this month.
After a windy third day of practice, the field made up for lost time on Thursday, with Alonso completing 272 laps and clocking a best average speed of 225.619mph.
Alonso's main goal as the week developed was to gain confidence lapping in a pack and, after four days of running, feels he is close to achieving it.
"I was [running] behind a car just a couple of seconds in front, and we [tried some laps] without any car in front," commented Alonso.
"We tested a couple of different trims and different set-up options.
"The car felt quite OK from the very beginning of the morning, but then I think we did improve it during the day, so I'm quite happy.
"We worked still a lot on the race situation, keeping other guys out there and running in traffic. I think we found a good balance for traffic.
"I think [on Friday] we will concentrate a little bit more alone on qualifying, but the priority is the race."
'Fast Friday', which will kick off at 12:00 local time, is the final day of practice before qualifying.