2017 Indianapolis 500

Rutherford

Podium Finisher
Well they can still keep it, but it's for the reserve drivers.

Don't know how you guys watched Indy, but I watched an american stream. And I do not know if i watched more indy 500 or commercials,
I was complaining about the commercials in the CTA Chat too.
Galahad replied 'it is a commercial occasionally interrupted by racing.' LOL

There was a commercial every tens minutes, sometimes the gap was smaller than that between commercials.

I don't know how US Americans live with all the commercials.
 

Galahad

Not a Moderator
Valued Member
I thoroughly enjoyed yesterday - as others have said it feels as though everyone gained from Alonso being there, rather as when Hulkenberg raced at Le Mans. In a way I'm almost glad he didn't win, as he's highly likely to come back and do it again.

I would be very doubtful about him (or any successful F1 driver with nothing left to prove) going to contest the whole series, as Mansell did, though. Drivers can get seriously hurt, and worse, and while that might be worth the risk for one blue-riband event, it isn't for a whole season. Furthermore the viewing figures and sponsorship doesn't add up to a great deal, compared to the Indycar heyday, and while big names add profile, and manufacturers could help, overall I suspect they'd be better off in WEC or DTM.
 

The Artist.....

Champion Elect
Galahad

Does Alonso need any more money? He's reportedly earning £40 million per year from McLaren - which when added to any commercial deals he has in Spain should see him very comfortably off. Alonso can, more or less, do what he enjoys doing from now on... If he doesn't think he will win in F1, he can choose to race IndyCar, or Le Mans, or Go-karting then he will be more than supported to do so!
 

vintly

Mostly bacon
Premium Contributor
I missed the race and Monaco - was at a festival, but have just caught up with things. Not seen any highlights yet but there's £105 in my betfair account courtesy of one Max Chilton :)
 

FB

Not my cup of cake
Valued Member
Is that the Chilton family's Spanish cousin - Juan Max Chilton? I'll get me coat.
 

Olivier

Race Winner
I'm glad Dixon was unscathed after his horrific accident. It seems those cars really take off upon contact.

Alonso seems to have pissed **someone/something** to have this type of luck/fortune. He seemed content after the race but he definitively can't catch a break
 

Olivier

Race Winner
Take a listen: James Hinchcliffe interviewing Fernando Alonso

Hinchtown

and look for the second last episode. Not because he's Canadian, but James' podcast are really cool
 
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FB

Not my cup of cake
Valued Member
This might not be a popular comment with fans of Indycar racing but given that Fernando was able to drop in to one of these cars and be super competitive it demonstrates (too me at least) that this race series isn't really all that and that the drivers are pretty mediocre. Let's face it, as Sniff pointed out, Max Chilton finished 4th which probably means that if they widened the chassis to fit my fat arse I'd have a fair crack at being on the podium.
 

Olivier

Race Winner
This might not be a popular comment with fans of Indycar racing but given that Fernando was able to drop in to one of these cars and be super competitive it demonstrates (too me at least) that this race series isn't really all that and that the drivers are pretty mediocre. Let's face it, as Sniff pointed out, Max Chilton finished 4th which probably means that if they widened the chassis to fit my fat arse I'd have a fair crack at being on the podium.
Max did surprisingly well considering the rest of the results he's got so far. Let's see how Gutierrez fares next race at Detroit and we can draw some more conclusions ...
 

Kewee

Race Winner
Indycar verses F1......some drivers adapt to the Indycar scene and the ovals with greater ease, but a major factor is the entire Indycar scene is free of the internal politics that many drivers past and present dislike so much in F1. It becomes so unsettling many are never able to show their best.
 

siffert_fan

Too old to watch the Asian races live.
Contributor
Indycar is also much more of a "spec" series than F1, where, if you are in the best car, you are far more likely to become WDC than possibly better drivers that find themselves in lesser cars.

FB if you could pony up $75M, you might be able to buy your way into an F1 ride;)
 

F1Brits_90

Race Winner
disagree with that FB i think that indycar is bit like GP2 or BTCC where they are teams you want to be in like Ganassi, Penske & Andretti but the gap between the front runners & midfield is quite small, so if you get a good driver they can outperform the team
& the smaller teams or better drivers out of position with strategy & luck, can get themselves up the order like Rossi who won it 2016 or castroneves & chilton who pitted out of sequence banking on full course yellow
 

FB

Not my cup of cake
Valued Member
dont let Tony Kanaan hear you say that!!
I now understand that comment LOL

Perhaps it says more about Fernando's ability as a driver? However, there are many as good as him on the grid in F1. I'm not so sure how many on the grid in Indycar would fair so well in a Grand Prix even if dropped in to one of the most competitive cars.
 
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