Andretti rules Indy _ and other takeaways from the 500

It was the four-time F1 champion's third win of the season and 45th of his career, as well as Ferrari's first at Monaco since Michael Schumacher in 2001.

MONACO, May 27 Jenson Button will start Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix, possibly his final Formula One race, from last place after McLaren's engine partners Honda detected a power unit problem that incurred a 15-place grid penalty.

Last year, it was with rookie Alexander Rossi.

Even before the Dubai-born driver started discussing his third-place finish, the best ever for Dale Coyne Racing, Jones had convinced three-time race victor Helio Castroneves he was ready for the big-time world of IndyCar racing. I don't get that and I don't think I am the only one that feels that way.

Takuma Sato became the first Japanese victor of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday when he denied Helio Castroneves a record-tying fourth victory as the two traded the lead in the closing laps.

Said the jubilant victor, "Unbelievable feeling". "Stoffel will start 12th because he gains my position and I'll start last".

"That's awesome", said Andretti, the son of 1969 victor Mario.

Had Alonso been a contender for the Formula 1 title, he likely doesn't skip the Monaco Grand Prix to try to win the Indy 500. Tora Takagi had the highest previous finish of fifth in 2003. "I know how big this news is going to be tomorrow when they wake up in Japan. I don't know how many opportunities you get to be in that battle".

"I know that I can be as quick as anyone in an F1 vehicle, I didn't know if I can be as quick as anyone in an IndyCar". With just over a quarter of the 500-mile (805 km) race completed, Briton Jay Howard's vehicle made contact with the outside wall after turn one and slid down into Dixon's. Sato held off aggressive charges from Castroneves, the driver of the No. 3 Shell Fuel Rewards Team Penske Chevrolet, in the sixth-closest finish in Indy 500 history.

But Sato passed Castroneves on the outside with three laps to go and never gave it up. I bumped Sato's vehicle a few times.

ROOKIES RULE: One year after Rossi won as a rookie, Ed Jones almost made it two straight.

The 40-year-old won the 101st staging of the Indy 500 by holding off multiple-time champion Helio Castroneves in the final laps. It is nice to have this competitive feeling, even leading the Indy 500.

Safety cars are the norm, so strategy calls could decide the race.

While Alonso says his priority is to be in a auto with the potential of winning the Formula 1 world championship, he still sees Indy as a challenge still to be completed.

With just seven laps to go in the race, Castroneves zipped by Sato on a bold overtaking move, but the Andretti Autosport driver returned the favour just two laps later and maintained the lead from there until the finish line.

Above all else, Castroneves was surprised that he couldn't catch Sato. Alonso meanwhile was making good progress, entering the top six less than 20 laps into the 200 lap race. "But you always learn something from those situations, and this time we proved we had what it takes".

  • Julie Sanders