Colton Herta wins a crazy Grand Prix of Indianapolis thus obtaining the first seasonal success (seventh in career). The rain was a great protagonist, both at the beginning (starting with wet tires) and in the second half of the race, which ended at the limit of two hours without completing the 85 laps: the American of the Andretti team, who started 14th, was the first on the second lap to switch to slicks and immediately found himself second, passing after a few corners the leader Pato O’Ward after a terrifying traverse managed to control almost by a miracle.
Herta did not have an easy life, however, with so many Caution to interrupt the rhythm of the race and every attempt to escape from rivals and the return of a strong shower of water to which however he was able to react by mounting the tires again rain at the right moment.
Second daring place also for Simon Pagenaudsprinted further behind Herta in the tenth row. Behind the Frenchman is Will Power, poleman and author of a race upset by various errors. The American precedes Marcus Ericsson, lucky enough especially at the end, and Conor Daly.
Disaster for McLaren, who after the first lap had found herself in first and second position with O’Ward and Rosenqvist. After one of the many restarts, the Mexican went into a spin hitting his fellow Swedish, who had to rebuild his race, however, climbing up to seventh place. O’Ward, on the other hand, remained on the track with the slicks despite a lot of water falling in the final, but the conditions at the limit also for the rain they forced him to a stop by making the whole group pass by.
Too bad also for Juan Pablo Montoya, McLaren wild card for this GP. The Colombian threw away the sixth place by going to the wall just under two minutes from the checkered flag.
Seventh place for Callum Ilott ahead of Takuma Sato, while Christian Lundgaard and Scott Dixon complete the Top-10. The Danish rookie even crashed immediately after the finish line, losing his car due to aquaplaning on the straight.
Out of the points Alex Palou, condemned by a bad fixing of a wheel at the first pit stop and crashed at the back of the group (and lapped) before resuming the track. The Spaniard tried the chance of rain with the first drops of rain, but the choice did not pay off, putting him out of the game for good.
Heavy zero also for Josef Newgarden, KO for an accident, and for Romain Grosjean, with the latter protagonist of the same gamble as O’Ward and Scott McLaughlin in the final in the rain.
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