Tense calm before the big day

Sometimes it is not necessary to play too much for the calm is full of tension. And although the carb day This Friday in Indianapolis was a mere formality, indirectly it also served as a reminder to everyone who got into the car. Now yes, the final countdown has begun. The next time the drivers face the most important oval in the world, it will already be to seek glory in the 500 Miles. And to the appointment, next Sunday (at 18:45 Spanish time), Palou will appear from pole position along with a bath of positive sensations that he has just picked up in a training session without much complexity.

It could be said that there were even more shocks than this day should have. a yellow flag barely completed the first quarter of an hour, he sent the pilots to the pit area and until then, Palou had time to lead and see how Grosjean left him without a best time that Sato finally took (39.4988), demonstrating how the third time was the charm. When the green flag was restored, after the stoppage required by a track inspection derived from the presence of fluids on the asphalt, the Japanese was the third driver to occupy the lead after the rookies Canapino and Dixon. And he never let go again.

Sato stayed in front for over an hour and although his top speed (227.855 miles per hour) was far from of the record that gave pole position to Palou (234.217 mph), at least it was enough to finish as the best of the day and show, at the same time, that Ganassi’s dominance at the Indianapolis Oval it is practically indisputable. Only power, third, avoided a top-3 from the American team that closed the day with a double thanks to Dixon’s second position. While Álex’s fourth place was enough to stay among the best, on a day where, as the times showed (the times of Free Practice 8 were not even improved) you just had to ride just enough and remember, that the important thing is played on Sunday… with the Spaniard leading the grid.

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