Alonso in slow Indy lane

Sat, 1 July 2006, 07:46

World champion Fernando Alonso is a serial offender of under-promising and over-delivering.

It was no surprise, then, when Renault’s dominant Spaniard urged his followers to look elsewhere for a favourite for US GP victory.

However, 24-year-old Alonso, at Indianapolis, might just have a point this time.

Although winning the last four races, he and Renault have never gone particularly well at this circuit, and on Friday he recorded only the ninth quickest lap time.

”We know that this circuit is not perfect for the characteristics of our car,” Alonso said. ”Eighth or ninth is not what we usually do even on a Friday.

”Usually we are second or third, behind the test drivers, so we have not done as well as usual.”

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