Fernando Alonso failed to qualify for the Indianapolis 500. How is this possible? The McLaren entry is a new team, but surely it can't be that difficult to set the car up to be quick enough to be in the top 30 at what is a simple track?
Karl Wagner, via email
The three drivers who didn't qualify will all tell you they were flat out for their four-lap runs, so in reality couldn't do any more with the package that they had. Indy is all about very small margins, and these come from the car.
I don't think you should ever underestimate how difficult it is to get the performance out of a car around an oval, especially an oval where the speeds are in excess of - or at least knocking on the door of - 230mph.