IndyCar » Indy 500: Alesi may call time on race bid

A gloomy Jean Alesi is having to decide whether or not he can continue with his attempt to enter the 2012 Indianapolis 500, after voicing doubts over his car's safety.

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Chris Jones - Unregistered

May 17, 2012 7:50 PM

Its such a massive shame that a driver of the level of Jean Alesi be thwarted by a half ars*d engine in the form of Lotus. Its been said that Jean is driving well, still has the raw talent and speed he was known for in F1... I do hope he can return in the future when Lotus have sorted things out OR via another team.

T - Unregistered

May 17, 2012 8:11 PM

On a positive note Jean has clearly still got the pace and has settled in very quickly at Indy.

Its a shame for Jean and Simona that the engine is so far off the place and its obvious that for safety reasons that even if the cars qualify that they will probably get blackflagged after ten laps.

Where Lotus go from here is unclear - talk of a second HMV entry may be wide of the mark and if they are too slow at Indy will the same situation not arise at the other oval circuits


May 17, 2012 10:07 PM

01. J Newgarden Sarah Fisher Racing 40.3977s
02. M Andretti Andretti Autosport 40.5208s +0.1231

26. R.Barrichello KV Racing Technology 41.5243s +1.1266
27. Ryan Briscoe Team Penske 41.6175s +1.2198
28. E.J. Viso KV Racing Technology 41.7611s +1.3634
29. Jean Alesi Fan Force United 43.8193s +3.4216
30. S de Silvestro HVM Racing 43.9005s +3.5028

Jean quicker than other Lotus engine (S. De Silvestro)

Aleksi - Unregistered

May 18, 2012 3:31 AM

Funny thing is this was to be an advertisement for Lotus but with Alesi saying the engine doesn't have the speed makes me lol. I wonder if Lotus could borrow a Chevy engine and run as Chevy Lotus!

OZFan - Unregistered

May 18, 2012 12:28 PM

Will somebody tell us what does the guys at Hethel know about engine building? In their street cars you can only find Toyota engines!

Their Indy Car engine is but a re-badged Judd engine, which isn't exactly a company known for their in-track achievments.

Don - Unregistered

May 18, 2012 12:50 PM

Sad that they're so far off the pace. Jean has impressed me with his honest appraisal of what's going on, even though he is Lotus' ambassador. A somewhat tricky place to be, but better to be honest than dead.

oldbiker - Unregistered

May 18, 2012 2:27 PM

Untried car/engine/driver/racetrack combination.

As recent posts have already said, this was never a likely success story, but at least from Alesi's comments he seems to accept that neither he or the car is quick enough.

I hope for his safety and the safety of the other drivers he does decide to call it quits.

As with Schumacher, old racing driver should learn when to quit.


May 20, 2012 10:23 AM

oldbiker, at no time has Jean Alesi been the cause of being too slow this week. His foot is flat on the floor and it will go no faster. He accepts the CAR is not quick enough, NOT himself.
IMO, Alesi still has the speed given a proper chance -for one thing there are several regular Indycar drivers who make stupid amateur mistakes every fortnight and should not really be racing at this high level, drivers that could never hope to match Alesi's ability., even in his forties.

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