2017-05-29 16:15:34 UTC
I confess! I enjoyed it.
Not so much the track, but the racing and the drama. It served up both, and Alonso played a leading role, consistently running at or near the front, racing hard and smart, and putting in some great passing moves.
He wasn't perfect. He seemed to struggle with the rolling start and on some of the restarts. He lost places early on, dropping to 9th or 10th from the start, and lost out badly again on the last restart he took. But he dropped back to just behind Sato and so maybe...
It's a technical race with a lot of tactical interest. And you can play the long game. It was interesting to see the strategies play out towards the end of the race. Also interesting was the way the Andretti team made use of having so many cars in the leading pack for most of the race - at one time swapping two cars to get an idea of how they would react to a change from dirty to clean air (and, I presume, vice versa).
I'm not sure I like the track, and I found the quallies, with each car running alone, pretty boring. But the racing was a different matter.
It was a long race. I wasn't often bored.
Also I noticed that the rescue teams got to the drivers very quickly. I suspect there were multiple teams at different points of the track. Towards the end, one of the cars (Howerd's?) hit the wall, bounced off and damn near hit a truck that was parked between the track edge and the barriers. That would have been nasty.
Dixon's crash was terrifying, but the aftermath was a tribute to all the hard work that has been put into the safety aspects of racing cars.