The 2021 Indy 500 runner-up Alex Palou is disappointed with coming short to the Borg-Warner Trophy, but happy to lose it to Helio Castroneves.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver Palou was just two laps away from winning the Indianapolis 500 in only his second attempt. However, he was passed by the IndyCar legend Castroneves for the victory to reach the elite club of the 4-time Indy 500 winners. After the race, the young Spanish driver admitted that he did not feel bad about losing to Castroneves.

“I’m super proud, super happy. To be honest, it’s good to lose against […] one of the best, probably the best,” Palou said.

At the same time, the no.10 car driver was frustrated with being that close to the race victory, but glad about the experience that he had had upfront.

“It hurts. It hurts a lot. I didn’t expect that a second place would hurt that much until I crossed the finish line,” he added.

“It’s racing. It’s the beauty about racing. When it hurts, it’s good because you know there’s something better. When you win, it’s like the most satisfying thing.”

“When you lose, for me, come on, we finished second in my second Indy 500. How can I be sad? It just hurts a little bit because I wanted that win more than anything. But Helio wanted it as well.”

“We finished second in my second Indy 500. How can I be sad? It just hurts a little bit. I’m happy. I’m living the dream, man. I’m able to drive the fastest car for the best team around Indianapolis and and fight for it. Everything was good today.”

At the final stretch of the race, right after Castroneves’ overtake for the win, the leaders caught a couple of lapped cars. Palou believed that they had made an impact on the result.

“When he passed me, I was like, ‘Oh, maybe that’s going to be bad for me just because we were reaching the traffic.’”

“As soon as you’re [in] traffic, you’re not P2 anymore, you’re like P8. When you are P8 on a pack, it was not easy to pass. I still tried, [to] fight for it, [in] turn three, turn four. It was not enough. For sure the traffic made the things a bit more difficult. That’s part of racing.”

“At some other areas, some other parts of the race the traffic was helping me. This time Helio was a bit luckier at the end. He deserved it.”

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