Alonso beats Button in Indy500 thriller

Date published: May 24 2020

Jenson Button Fernando Alonso.

Fernando Alonso saw off Jenson Button in The Race Legends Trophy at Indianapolis by the narrowest of margins.

After recently making his Esports debut, Alonso was back at it and saw off the challenge of fellow ex-F1 driver and World Champion Button during the Indianapolis heat of the Legends Trophy.

The pair were dominant around the Indy Oval, trading positions continuously before Alonso took the win by a matter of meters.

Alonso and Button quickly broke away from the pack after Dario Franchitti crashed out.

From there the pair swapped positions several times in their battle for the lead.

Button took the lead with a move down the inside as they began the last lap, but the Briton would then get too low in Turn 4 and a little sideways moment allowed Alonso back in to P1 to start the final lap.

The pair battled all the way to line in a photo finish as Button attempted one last move out of Alonso’s slipstream, but the Spaniard held on for victory.

80-year-old racing great Mario Andretti made his Esports debut in the event, qualifying P19 but falling a lap behind in the race due to a early incident.

“I had a blast,” said the 1978 F1 World Champion.

“Obviously it seemed like I was part of every situation that was happening out there but other than that I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Andretti won the Indy500 for real back in 1969, and he said that sim racing around The Brickyard was “not natural”.

“It was not natural,” he said.

“It’s so different… you drive it differently, obviously. The lines are a little different.

“You have to understand just what that rig wants, what the sim likes, how aggressive you can get and all of that. There’s a definite learning curve, no question about it.”

Button was able to extend his lead at the top of the championship with his P2 finish after his closest rival Emanuele Pirro managed only P15.

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