Fernando Alonso’s Indianapolis 500 appearance introduced the race to a legion of new fans from Formula One.
What did they make of the race? Here’s what they said about it on Twitter:
For a lot of people this was their first experience of watching the Indianapolis 500. Most seemed to enjoy what they discovered, with a few exceptions.
Watching the Indy 500 for the first time. They've read a prayer and fired some guns. This is quite different to F1.
— Jake Archibald (@jaffathecake) May 28, 2017
— Malcolm Saunders (@Malcy7) May 28, 2017
— MDS_STORM (@M_D_S_TWEETS) May 28, 2017
Watching the Indy 500 for the first time, fecking hell it's boring. Obviously hard to drive etc but much harder to watch! I'll stick to F1.
— V (@viardi93) May 28, 2017
Never ever heard of Indy 500 before 50 days now all bcz of @alo_oficial the whole F1 is watching Indy 500.
— THE BAD SOUL (@RaeesKameena) May 28, 2017
— Adrian Fox (@adrian_foxy) May 28, 2017
This is the only time imma watch the indy 500 because an f1 driver is in it
— Alan The Pizza Man (@A_Zee99) May 28, 2017
The praise for Alonso’s efforts was near-universal. And many also added their appreciation that he had been bold enough to skip an F1 race to compete in another series.
— Matt Archuleta (@indy44) May 28, 2017
Simply brilliant, in F1 or Indy 500. Only @alo_oficial
— AIZ (@en_aizuddin) May 28, 2017
So what now for Fernando? He could drive the rest of the F1 season one handed and blindfolded after his Indy performance. Awesome talent
— Gavin Compton (@GavinGc5) May 28, 2017
— Graham Moss (@GrumMoss) May 28, 2017
Alonso opened Indy up to so many new fans and it's great to see so many F1 fans saying how they enjoyed the race today
— Mhairi (@sportlover35) May 28, 2017
In all the hullabaloo about Alonso the double F1 World Champ everyone gave short shrift to others racing at Indy. Sato included
— ADIL DARUKHANAWALA (@adiljal) May 28, 2017
— @t.mcd-actor (@timmcdf588) May 28, 2017
Alonso is a class above the rest of the Indy car drivers, he's elite level and Indy hasn't got many who could compete in f1
— Addictedtocafc (@freeCAFC) May 28, 2017
— ChucklesJB (@Chuckles_James) May 28, 2017
If anyone needed proof that F1 drivers are the absolute best in the world…how about "rookie" Fernando Alonso leading his first Indy 500??
— Brian Crow (@thewxrunner) May 28, 2017
However his retirement from the race due to a Honda engine failure was seen as another marketing disaster for the company. They seemed to draw more criticism for that than they won praise for powering Takuma Sato to victory.
So Alonso escapes Honda engine failures in #F1 only to have a Honda engine failure at Indy 500. /o
— David Meacock (@meacod) May 28, 2017
— Daniel Pokladek (@DPokladek) May 28, 2017
— Jordan Haines (@jordanairwave) May 28, 2017
Maybe Honda should be allowed to apply the tactic they use in the Indy 500 in F1, just deploy 15 cars one of them should hang on and win!
— Cryo Lockdown (@CryoLockdown) May 28, 2017
Pleased for Taku on #indy500 win but Honda needs sorting: engine probs in Indy, useless F1 engine and a damaged TT legend
— Chris Jenson (@cpjenson) May 28, 2017
I'm not sure I'll want a Honda in the near future. Engine failures aplenty, both Indy and F1. What does that say about their engines
— Patrick Gomez (@patrickdegomez) May 28, 2017
So not only cannot Honda build a reliable F1 engine,they also have the same issue in Indy car. Poor from a world class manufacturer
— Mark Springall (@MarkSpringall2) May 28, 2017
Alonso has probably done more laps in the Indy 500 than in the whole of the 2017 F1 season #Indy500
— Adam Muxworthy (@4d4m_muxw0rthy) May 28, 2017
Cool to see Takuma Sato win, but man Honda needs to take a long hard look at the state of their racing engines. F1 and Indy both a mess.
— Matthew Harper (@MattAaronHarper) May 28, 2017
So.. Alonso goes from having engine failures in F1 cars to Indy 500 cars.. curse of Honda continues lol
— Simon M (@Kopparbear) May 28, 2017
Honda needs to stick to street cars. Easily the most unreliable engine in Indy and F1
— Morgan Murphy (@Murdelic) May 28, 2017
Fernando Alonso: "I'm sick of my Honda F1 engine blowing up, I'll go race in the Indy 500"
Honda's Indycar engine: "Hold my beer…"
— Luke Notley (@LukeNotley1995) May 28, 2017
Poor Alonso. First Button pees in his car and crashes it. Then his Honda engine during Indy 500 dies #f1 Luckily Honda took P1 in Indy
— Jef (@rallyjef) May 28, 2017
Feel so sorry for Alonso. Honda can't give him a drivable car in F1 or the Indy 500!
— Jordan Ward (@JordanWard_) May 28, 2017
Japanese driver wins Indy 500 with a Japanese engine. Imagine that will go down well with Honda bosses! #Indy500
— Daz (@dazza_f1) May 28, 2017
Those Honda engines are rubbish. First it happens in f1 and now in Indy. He had a good chance of winning as well.
— Tim makinson (@Stig16) May 28, 2017
Fernando's Honda reliability problems follow him from F1 to Indy car. Sigh
— CleL (@clempapali) May 28, 2017
What's happened to Honda? Crap in F1, unreliable in Indy, 3rd best engine in MotoGp. All from a company that used to pride itself on engines
— CTR_Paul (@CTR_Paul) May 28, 2017
Alonso retires from Indy 500 with an engine failure. He couldn't escape the McHonda fate from F1 even in Indycar.
— Inggeir (@Zzzlol94) May 28, 2017
Big ups to @alo_oficial way to show Indy your F1 greatness. Class act. Too bad Honda can't keep you running
— Matt Duncan (@Soonersin85) May 28, 2017
Fernando Alonso can’t catch a break. His Honda F1 car reliability has been crap. His Indy 500 car? Same thing. Drove like a boss today.
— Alden Tanaka (@aldentanaka) May 28, 2017
man this super expensive Indy and F1 Honda PR campaign has really backfired
— Andrew C. (@sfc750) May 28, 2017
The F1 elitist in me wanted Alonso get into an Indy car, walk out and win. He obviously had the race craft to do that, not the car #Indy500
— Gamma_Chad (@Gamma_Chad) May 28, 2017
Sato: The positive
Sato’s win drew a mixed response. Many praised his achievement of becoming the first Japanese driver to win the race.
ok but i didn't realise takuma sato did indy 500??? when did he start that??? grats tho i always liked him in f1
— Jess (@RoseBlackout) May 28, 2017
Former F1 driver wins Indy 500. Nope, not that one, he's not 'former' yet. Well done Takuma Sato 😃
— Jayne F (@jayne200186) May 28, 2017
Takuma Sato got a well deserved win at indy. Former F1 driver!
— Steve Ranieri (@stevesnj) May 28, 2017
Most successful Japanese F1 driver is now also most successful Japanese driver at Indy 500
— Flatplane ZOMBiE (@crossdrilled) May 28, 2017
What a drive from Sato. @f1 had a proud showing today in Indy.
— Nick Versaw (@nickversaw) May 28, 2017
I've liked Takuma Sato since his F1 days happy to see him win the Indy 500. Especially after the disappointment 0f 2012.
— Eric M Dellaquila (@TribulationRoad) May 28, 2017
Takuma Sato, F1 legend, Indy 500 winner. Great job! #Indy500
— Adam (@AdamW95) May 28, 2017
One of my fav F1 drivers. One of my favs in Indy. So happy to see him win!! #Indy500
Getting emotional over Asian driver winning Indy 😂😂
— Richard (智健) (@rancer890) May 28, 2017
Sato: The negative
Others who viewed his time in F1 more negatively felt his success reflected poorly on the standard of competition in the race.
Sato a failed F1 driver wins the Indy 500 one of biggest races in world dear me
— Jake Frid (@JakeFrid) May 28, 2017
Sato. One of the worst F1 drivers ever wins the Indy 500……that really speaks to the gulf between the talent pools in each category
— Gavin aka HoJu (@GuyWhoTweetsYou) May 28, 2017
Takuma Sato has won the Indy 500, surely that's an achievement that far out ranks paying several million dollars to never reach F1's Q2?
— Stuart Gallagher (@stuartg917) May 28, 2017
F1 also-ran Sato wins Indy… while everybody still bums Alonso ;)
— William Boud (@notjamieoliver) May 28, 2017
Sato lol, I remember when Schumacher slapped him around his helmet for poor driving in F1, sato the crasher now Indy 500 champion. Only in
— Robostarred (@robostarred) May 28, 2017
wtf Takuma Sato is still driving and just won the indy 500, he were a rank F1 driver back in the day
— Rich Whetton (@driz_186) May 28, 2017
Even the biggest joke to ever race in F1 can win the Indy 500. Maybe Palmer does has a future in Motorsport.
— Chillin Albertan (@I_PLAY_SPORTS) May 28, 2017
F1 only fans baffled as to how Takuma Sato won the indy 500
— Adrian Michael Rees (@TheOutsider_AMR) May 28, 2017
Positive views on the race
A lot of viewers expressed positive opinions of the race, particularly when comparing it to the Monaco Grand Prix earlier the same day.
Eliminate Monaco GP, have all F1 drivers invited to Indy, make 500 part of WC again. Much better race
— Louis Rom (@camplou2) May 28, 2017
The Indy 500 was awesome! However the F1 race in Monaco was boring, especially watching after Indy.
— Bob Smith (@bobaroo1) May 28, 2017
"indy was better than monaco",it's like these f1 lifestyle geeks have emerged from the dungeon and realised other motorsport exists.
— Rob Sutherland (@zeribbo) May 28, 2017
Today Indy ruled, F1 was ordered
— John Freeman (@johnfree79) May 28, 2017
#Indy500 alonso was amazing. If only he had a better f1 car. Indy 500 trumps f1 monaco anyday. Great race.
— Nafeel (@naf_eel) May 28, 2017
As much as they need to sort out the overtaking in F1 with try downforce caused turbulent air; but Indy is down a few levels
— John Geary (@JohnGeary) May 28, 2017
Having watched both the Monaco GP & the Indy 500 today, I really am beginning to question the point of F1. It's certainly not entertainment.
— Graham Warrener (@GrahamWarrener) May 28, 2017
Saw more racing in one Indy 500 than in 20 years of F1 🏎 🇯🇵🏆
— Michael Riedler (@michaelriedler) May 28, 2017
After the uneventful F1 I'm watching the much more exciting Indy 500. Alonso is doing very well so far
— steven bell (@steviebe) May 28, 2017
I think the Indy 500 has gained many new F1 fans today…
— Chevy48 (@chevychevelle48) May 28, 2017
Max Chilton finishes 4th in the Indy 500! Hopefully people give him some credit for once as he and his strategy was awesome
— F1 Talk (@F1___Talk) May 28, 2017
Gutted about Alonso, great drive from him could have won it. Indy car is defiantly more entertaining than f1 at the moment. #indy500
— Keiron Higgins (@KHiggy93) May 28, 2017
Watched F1 Monaco GP and Indy 500. One was full of overtaking, great driving and intrigue. The other had nice boats nearby.
— Ste O'Reilly (@superdog1984) May 28, 2017
— gh1017 (@GregHaueter) May 28, 2017
— Chester Burnett (@EauRouger) May 28, 2017
More excitement in the Indy 500 race there than ive seen in F1 in about the last 10 years
— Jonny (@jonny2107) May 28, 2017
Indy 500 – 10 times more exciting than any F1 race this year/last year
— Stuart Fenton (@stu_fent) May 28, 2017
Ok Indy 500 I think you've won over some fans. See you next year for definite!
— Nickie (@F1_Girl) May 28, 2017
Alonso retirement aside, that was a brilliant race, truly edge of your seat stuff. Definitely caught the Indy bug now. #Indy500
— Formula 1 News (@LatestNews_F1) May 28, 2017
Indy 500 completely trumped F1 today, most entertaining 😀 May 28, 2017 at 09:03PM
— Kev Barnes (@_KevBarnes) May 28, 2017
Indy has shown up F1…..Monaco biggest race of the calendar outdone and outclassed #LessonsToBeLearnt
— Chris Thomas (@compo_07) May 28, 2017
— jjk (@neiltipping) May 28, 2017
Great win for takuma sato, what a cracking end to the indy 500, alot better than F1 :)
— James Bono (@thebigb82) May 28, 2017
Indy 500 is 500 times better than f1 none stop over taking f1 you can watch a full race like Monaco no over takes
— carl h (@khumphs68) May 28, 2017
Indy 500 is what F1 should be. An event. A festival.
— Matt Burfield (@MatthewBurfield) May 28, 2017
I can't believe some people say F1 racing is better than Indy Car.
— snekoorB naD (@DanBrookens) May 28, 2017
Alonso is out . I hope the whole world is back to watching indy and ovals. I love ovals as much as f1.
— mark wooltorton (@markwooltorton) May 28, 2017
really would like to see more current F1 drivers going off and do indy or le mans more often. You never know till you try it out. #Indy500
— matthew clements (@mr_clements22) May 28, 2017
Sorry, give me Indy drivers over carpetbagging F1-ers any day. #Indy500
— Julia (@JuliaGulia809) May 28, 2017
Gotta say the indy 500 has been more exciting than F1 has been for a long long time
— Nav (@NavtasticHD) May 28, 2017
The is more drama in the indy 500 race than any F1 race this year
— Womble2018 (@wembley1820) May 28, 2017
Tell ya what…compared to F1 Indy car is carnage!! I could get into this!!! #Indy500
— Nic (@pinkie_nic) May 28, 2017
Hahaha Indy car is so much more fun than F1.
— Reg (@ReggiePenn) May 28, 2017
The Indy 500 has been much more entertaining than F1.
— Alan Passingham (@SirClownfoot) May 28, 2017
Never thought I'd say this but the Indy 500 is way more exciting than Formula One. Definitely need to standardise the cars in F1
— Tom Hawkins (@THawks1980) May 28, 2017
F1 is great but there is no substitute for raw speed. That's what makes Indy 500 special & where F1's gone backwards
— THE BAD SOUL (@RaeesKameena) May 28, 2017
Indy 500 is so much better than F1 to watch.
— Riley Banks (@wholesomehandle) May 28, 2017
I apologize for turning my nose up at American motorsports. Watching Indy to see how Alonzo is transitioning from F1. I'm impressed!
— Rossi McLaine (@RossiMcLaine) May 28, 2017
— Kuz Leerots (@Kuz_Leerots) May 28, 2017
Indy 500. F1 Monaco. Compare and contrast. Thrilling 220mph racing v dull boring procession driving. Rookie Alonso doing a great job.
— John M (@Jmoon1J) May 28, 2017
for some reason i am more hyped for indy then F1
— alex1994128 (@menkonr1) May 28, 2017
The Indy 500 intros are absolutely fantastic. Can we have that in F1 please?
— Dan Crooke (@Crooke86) May 28, 2017
Negative views on the race
Not everyone liked what they saw, however.
comparisons being made about amount of passes in indy and F1 , lets not forget no corners make it a little easier .
— In a hat. (@pokerr666poop) May 28, 2017
— Jeff (@villenuv27) May 28, 2017
Everyone going mental about Alonso's performance yet Max Chilton, the slowest driver in F1 is leading. 😂 – Yes Lewis Indy must be easy
— Leo (@LewHAMF1) May 28, 2017
Really really want Chilton to win, slowest man in F1 conquering Indy may well take the shine off the event for F1 fans
— steve (@wilspin) May 28, 2017
Never seeing that Indy series back. This time only for @alo_oficial
— Sandeep Moharana (@sandyfastrack) May 28, 2017
There were also calls for the date clash between the Monaco Grand Prix and Indianapolis 500 to be resolved so more drivers can switch between the two series.
So Formula 1– I think the Indy 500 is a bigger draw. How about we move the Monaco date finally? Indycar welcomes more F1 teams & drivers.
— Anthony Florio (@atflorio) May 28, 2017
— Liam Hodgins (@DJHodgy48) May 28, 2017
As much as I love this full day of racing, imagine if the Indy 500 got its own full day to itself. How many F1 & NASCAR drivers would enter?
— Rob Wright (@robwright11) May 28, 2017
Points and questions
Would maybe get into Indy cars if they didnt just go round in circles and had circuits like F1 #Indy500
— Wayne Bird (@SilverBird81) May 28, 2017
Out of the 17 races on the 2017 IndyCar calendar, only six are held on ovals. The rest take place on street courses (five races, including two in Detroit this weekend) and road courses (seven races). You can find a guide to all the circuits here.
Is Taku the 1st driver to get a podium at Indy at both F1 and Indycar?
— Liam (@LiamJM10TV) May 28, 2017
Sato is the first driver to finish on the podium in an F1 race at the Indianapolis road course and win the Indianapolis 500. However between 1950 and 1960 the Indy 500 counted towards the world championship (despite not being run to F1 rules). Therefore the drivers who won those 11 races have Indy 500 victories and world championship podiums at Indianapolis to their names as well.
This series needs head protection. In F1 I don't think they need it but indy car they do #Indy500 🇺🇸
— Jonathan Thiebaud (@Jtbaud24) May 28, 2017
The crash involving Scott Dixon and Jay Howard, in which Helio Castroneves also had a near-miss, was a vivid reminder of the huge dangers involved in this type of racing. IndyCar has looked into increasing head protection following the crash which claimed the life of Justin Wilson in 2015. Following that crash it strengthened the tethers on its cars (known as SWEMS) which attach not only wheels to the cars, as in F1, but substantial pieces of bodywork as well, such as the nose boxes.
Over to you
Did you watch the Indianapolis 500 for the first time on Sunday? What did you make of it?
Have your say in the comments.
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