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Fernando Alonso ‘happier’ after first Indy 500 practice

Fernando Alonso has explained that he felt “happier” in his Honda-powered McLaren-Andretti car during the opening day of practice ahead of the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 in comparison to his first IndyCar experience earlier in the month. The double Formula 1 champion immediately set the pace during the two-hour rookie orientation/refresher programme at the start of the day, setting a 221.634mph lap to end the session fastest overall ahead of fellow countryman Oriol Servia. Despite receiving a private rookie orientation programme of his own earlier in the month, Alonso was still slightly wary of returning to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as temperatures were much...
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