(Reuters) – Fernando Alonso received at Indianapolis, within the digital international no less than, on Saturday in a box that includes 80-year-old U.S. nice Mario Andretti and a solid of Indy 500 winners and Method One champions.
FILE PHOTO: Rallying – Dakar Rally Preview – King Abdullah Sports activities Town, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – January three, 2020 Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Fernando Alonso all through a press convention REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed
The Spaniard, who will go back to the Indianapolis oval for actual in August to check out to win the 500 and transform best the second one driving force to seal the ‘Triple Crown of Motorsport’, beat Jenson Button by means of zero.037 seconds.
The 2 instances Le Mans 24 Hours winner, who has a Monaco Grand Prix victory and two F1 titles on his resume, additionally took the later opposite grid race from 21st at the grid.
“Mega amusing JB!!! Now you return to the actual 500,” Alonso tweeted to 2009 Method One champion Button.
Andretti, making his esports debut within the Legends Trophy organised by means of Torque Esports and www.the-race.com, fell a lap at the back of in an early incident after qualifying 19th of 26 within the first race.
“I had a blast,” stated Andretti, the 1978 Method One champion and 1969 Indy 500 winner.
“Clearly it gave the impression of I used to be a part of each scenario that used to be going down available in the market however rather then that I completely loved it.
“It used to be now not herbal,” he stated of simulated racing round The Brickyard. “It’s so other… you force it in a different way, clearly. The strains are a bit other.
“You must perceive simply what that rig desires, what the sim likes, how competitive you’ll get and all of that. There’s a certain studying curve, no query about it.”
The Indianapolis 500, crown jewel of American open-wheel racing, used to be scheduled for Sunday however used to be postponed to Aug. 23 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Andretti used to be one in all seven Indy 500 winners within the box with 73-year-old Brazilian Emerson Fittipaldi, Juan Pablo Montoya, Helio Castroneves, Gil de Ferran, Dario Franchitti and Tony Kanaan at the beginning grid in Dallara DW12s.
Reporting by means of Alan 1st Earl Baldwin of Bewdley in London, enhancing by means of Toby Davis