Button hit with 15-place grid penalty in Monaco

  • Button hit with 15-place grid penalty in Monaco

Button hit with 15-place grid penalty in Monaco

In the closing laps, he efficiently dealt with Ganassi Racing's Max Chilton (who led the most laps with 50 and ultimately finished fourth) and traded the lead with three-time Indianapolis victor Hélio Castroneves, one of the most experienced men in the field. "The brakes started to smoke, I couldn't get out of the auto but the only thing I wanted to do was get out of the vehicle when you see the vehicle starting to smoke".

The 2017 Indianapolis 500 attracted more worldwide attention than the grand old race had managed since 1993, when Nigel Mansell competed as a rookie driver who happened to be the defending Formula 1 World Champion.

While Alonso faced an engine blow out at Indy 500, Vandoorne too faced technical issues retiring early from the F1 Monaco GP while Alonso's replacement Jenson Button faced a terminal damage after he pitched into Pascal Wehrlein's vehicle turning the latter sideways. Sato beat Castroneves by 0.2011 seconds, setting a final time of 3:13:03.3584.

"I don't think there is a need to have such a big kerb". The Spaniard led for 27 laps in the race, after starting the race in fifth place.

Sunday's 78-lap race around the classic Mediterranean street circuit will be Button's 306th start in Formula One.

"Now with (Formula One's new American owners) Liberty Media the difference will be smaller".

"I felt the noise, the engine friction, I backed off and I saw the smoke and, yeah, it's a shame", Alonso said. If you look at today's lap-times, you can see how extremely tight it is in the midfield - and that's exactly where we are.

"It's a very nice surprise to come here with big names, big guys, the best in open-wheel racing and be competitive", said Alonso, who didn't rule out a return.

The Kiwi's vehicle was catapulted into the air, then slid sideways on the inside safety barrier, flames erupting as the back end of the auto was ripped away.

Disaster struck Dixon when he was collected by the stricken auto of Jay Howard. Pieces went flying in a manner that would suggest Dixon could be hurt as the auto was destroyed, but thanks to the safety measures brought into the sport in recent years, Dixon didn't appear to be injured, although later in the race he returned to the med. "So I don't have any doubt Jensen and Stoffel will get as much lap time out of our cars as capable of doing". However, he had not done any actual test driving with this season's heavier and wider cars before racing in Monaco. "It is just respect to other cars and other drivers".

The Japanese driver lost the 2012 race to Dario Franchitti with a failed last-lap passing attempt, but Sunday he got even with Indianapolis Motor Speedway, holding off Helio Castroneves for the victory.

Despite that memory he had no qualms about taking on Castroneves when it counted. I can really trust him coming from the outside.

"I came in after FP1 and told the engineers it didn't feel that different to past year, but then FP2 came and it was so much faster".