Gil de Ferran has told Fernando Alonso to brace himself for a setback as he continues his preparations for the Indianapolis 500.
Alonso completed his first test with no problems, but his mentor believes there will be some form of adversity to overcome over the next few weeks.
“It was no surprise to me that yesterday went so well, because Fernando is one of the greatest talents and the team had everything prepared and a good strategy and so on," De Ferran told Motorsport.com.
“But I’ll be surprised if there isn’t a setback at some point in the week of practice. Indianapolis Motor Speedway has a way of throwing curveballs at you. That’s just the way it is.
“I don’t know what it will be – if I knew, I would prevent it, right?! But there will be something. But that’s ok, he has a strong team around him and Fernando is also very experienced in overcoming difficulties, and not raising his expectations too fast, too soon. He will be prepared.
“To emulate what he said in the press conference, I too am now in the mode of putting behind us all the emotion and excitement around this fantastic thing happening. And to be honest today, I’m not even thinking about how well he did.
“Just like the team, and just like Fernando, I’m looking ahead. I’m in work mode, thinking about potential problems – ‘What do we need to do? What do we need to check off the list?’
“And working next to a guy who’s a consummate professional like Fernando is very gratifying. We speak the same lingo!
"He is trying to perfect every aspect of his game, he’s thinking about it 24/7 and frankly, if you want to be as good as him, that’s the least you’ve got to do!”