Alonso fourth fastest on windy third day
18 May 2017 – Fernando Alonso finished fourth fastest on the third day of practice for the Indianapolis 500, which was restricted due to consistently strong winds.
IndyCar drivers faced 20-30mph winds throughout the day, with only 14 runners posting representative times, and four of the 25-strong pack not lapping at all.
Alonso racked up 39 laps, posting a best of 219.533mph, compared to pace-setter Ed Carpenter's 222.894mph.
"It was tricky," said Alonso, after his fourth day at the wheel, having completed the Rookie Orientation Programme before official practice began.
"But for me any condition is a good lesson, and it was about that, a lesson about how to drive with strong winds and how to set up the car corner-to-corner.
"The team, I think, used those runs also to test something on the back [end], the engine, for tuning, so I think it was a productive day as well."
Several of IndyCar's regular drivers backed calls to stay in the pit lane.
"With the wind gusting like it did, it was hard to get a feel for how the car is," said Graham Rahal, who posted just five laps en route to 12th overall.
"Sure, you can get some work done, but you are also taking a big chance and giving yourself an opportunity to write off a car too."
Indy 500 practice will continue at 12:00 local time on Thursday.