Indy 500, day 1 – Grosjean takes his marks, Pagenaud satisfied –

The 106th edition of the Indianapolis 500 Miles began on Tuesday May 17 with two free practice sessions. Classified in the second half of the table, the two Frenchmen entered Romain Grosjean (Andretti) and Simon Pagenaud (Meyer Shank Racing) however learned positive lessons from this day.

For the winner of the 2019 edition, it was “a very satisfying day. We found a lot of good things about the car. The car is comfortable over the long stints, which allowed us to see how well the tires held up. I am very happy. Of course, we still have room for improvement to find to be perfect for the race, but we already have a great base to work from.

Wednesday, the weather forecast is forecast to be gloomy. It was therefore important to achieve this big day. The team was great, there is a great atmosphere, the podium won on Sunday at the Indianapolis GP (2nd behind Colton Herta in the rain. Editor’s note) pushes everyone forward. »

His compatriot had to get back into the swing of things in unsuitable conditions. Indeed, gusts of wind have destabilized the behavior of Romain Grosjean’s Dallara, which is making its debut on the Indiana oval.

« It was very hot but windy, so it wasn’t easy, did he declare. I felt that as the day went on, we adapted the car to my preferences, and I also improved on my side. It was a satisfying reconnection. I look forward to going further tomorrow (Wednesday). »

A four-hour test session is scheduled for this Wednesday, May 18 from 6 p.m. metropolitan France time.

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