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Summary

  1. Alonso out as engine blows, former F1 driver Takuma Sato wins
  2. Scott Dixon and Jay Howard survive huge crash as Dixon's car launched upwards and into wall
  3. Vettel wins in Monaco, Raikkonen 2nd, Ricciardo 3rd, Hamilton 7th
  4. Vettel takes lead from Raikkonen after pit stops - suspected team orders
  5. Indy 500 video highlights to come later

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose and Libby Dawes

All times stated are UK

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The day belongs to Takuma Sato but chin up, Fernando, an Indy 500 win will be yours in the future.

Here's the report on a dramatic Indy 500 and watch out for video highlights online later.

That's it from us on an epic day of motorsport action. See you next time.

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Soak it up, Takuma. A worthy winner.

'A little too hard for me today'

Helio Castroneves, who finished second: "My little girl congratulating me is what makes me smile. I want to thank the fans. You guys saw, it was a little too hard for me today. Congrats to Takuma Sato - he bumped me a couple of times, I was like "Wow this car is really unbreakable!"

"I really tried hard! I think I bent the throttle pedal, I was pushing that hard!

"When I saw the 77 car bounce back, I thought something was going to happen. When I saw the car flipping, I don't know how I held on, I think it was the guy upstairs holding on for me.

"I want to thank my entire team. We fight together but it wasn't my day."

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Kenny Kong: Since he won, Andretti & Honda should get Sato to do a 'reverse Alonso' and get him into an F1 race for McLaren, Japan GP maybe?

'The best feeling'

Race winner Takuma Sato: "Unbelievable! It's the best feeling. It's beautiful. I can't thank enough this team. Hopefully the crowd enjoyed it!

"With three laps to go I really didn't know but I just knew I had to go for it!"

Takuma Sato started 90 races during his time at BAR, Jordan and Super Aguri in Formula 1. His one and only podium was third place at the 2004 United States Grand Prix. It didn't quite work out for him in F1 but what a moment this is for the 40-year-old.

Congratulations @TakumaSatoRacer & @FollowAndretti , that was a hell of a race and hell of a win. #indy500 #yabobbydazzler

Takuma Sato is handed the winner's milk and he gleefully gulps it down before pouring the rest over his head.

Sato celebrates
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Shock!

Andretti Autosport team boss Michael Andretti: "I am in shock. We had such good cars and Takuma Sato came through. I am so happy for him. He drove so great. We have such good people on this team - unbelievable!"

Not all bad for Honda and as Takuma Sato gives Andretti Autosport their third win in four years.

"One of the best experiences of my career"

Fernando Alonso after retiring from the race on lap 175: "I felt the noise and the engine friction so i backed off. It's a shame because I felt we deserved to finish and experience the last lap - who knows where we could have finished.

"The whole thing has been a nice experience. The racing was fun and I am glad to been here with the best racers in the business.

"It's early (to decide if he comes back) but I feel competitive and if I come back I will feel like I know what to expect so will use that next time.

"Thanks to Indycar because this has been one of the best experiences of my career."

In the @bbcf1 preview, I predicted Vettel to win Monaco and Taku to win Indy. For the FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE I'M RIGHT ABOUT SOMETHING

1) Sato 2) Castroneves 3) Jones 4) Chilton 5) Kanaan 6) Montoya 7) Rossi 8) Andretti 9) Chaves 10) Munoz 11) Carpenter 12) Rahal 13) Aleshin 14) Pagenaud 15) Saavedra 16) Hildebrand

Chequered flag

Takuma Sato wins the 101st Indy 500.

Sato wins
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ONE LAP TO GO

On to the final lap and Takuma Sato leads ahead of Helio Castroneves and Ed Jones. Max Chilton is fourth.

Helio Castroneves tries a move on the outside of Takuma Sato but can't get past. Probably one more bite of the cheery for Castroneves.

Sato leads

And Takuma Sato is into the lead!

All happening in the closing stages. The Former F1 driver is in the driving seat to take his first ever Indy 500 win.

Double blow for Max Chilton as Helio Castroneves takes the lead from him around the outside of Turn Three before Takuma Sato moves into second down the pit straight.

Takuma Sato is too occupied with trying to take Max Chilton that he misses Helio Castroneves creeping up on him and Castroneves is into second.

Brilliant, brilliant driving by Max Chilton as Takuma Sato tries again. The two are side by side but Chilton shuts the door. He's giving it everything.

TEN LAPS TO GO

Takuma Sato attacks Max Chilton but has left it too late on the straight and Chilton defends into the turn...

Go! Go! Go!

Green flag. Eleven laps to go...

The biggest 13 laps of Max Chilton's racing career? His best finish at the Indy 500 is seventh. He is in prime position to win it today.

Takuma Sato will push him all the way, though.

Jel: This Indy 500 malarkey is what you get if you cross F1 with a Demolition Derby.

It's not all doom and gloom for Honda. Max Chilton is leading the race with a Honda engine in his car.

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Mark Duffell: Have to feel for whoever is doing PR for Honda at the moment. Tough job. Awful luck for Alonso but drove like the champion he is.

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Monaco

Fernando Alonso’s Indianapolis 500 adventure ended as have so many of his recent Formula 1 outings - with a Honda engine failure. But his trip to America was a resounding triumph for both the Spaniard and his McLaren F1 team.

Alonso was contending for victory throughout the Indy 500, had the highest average lap speed in the race, and had just pulled a beautiful outside pass around Turn One on Brazilian veteran Tony Kanaan to take sixth place as the race entered its closing laps.

He was a ‘rookie’, as the Americans call it, but he drove like he had been racing on ovals all his life.

In one way, it was to be expected - he is, after all, one of the greatest racing drivers in history. But the difficulty of adapting to the unique challenges of oval racing at the daunting 230mph Indianapolis Motor Speedway should not be underestimated.

The regulars were deeply impressed, and Alonso’s US foray excited millions of fans around the world and unquestionably enriched his legend.

Indy is a hard race to win, but Alonso proved he was more than capable of doing it.

Now, it’s back to the day job in Canada in two weeks’ time. He will go there with his reputation enhanced and, one imagines, a deepened determination to return and get the job done another time.

Alonso walks back to the garage
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Top 10 as it stands

As the debris is cleared down into Turn Two, here's a look at the top 10 with 14 laps to go.

1) Chilton

2) Sato

3) Jones

4) Castroneves

5) Hildebrand

6) Kanaan

7) Montoya

8) Pagenaud

9) Rossi

10) Andretti

So so sorry Fernando. @alo_oficial You put on an incredible show this month, both in the car and out. Very impressive. Come back again

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Pottiella: If this was an exercise by McLaren to restore Fernando's faith in Honda, this was the final nail in coffin. What a waste.

James Hinchcliffe, James Davison, Oriol Servia and Will Power were involved in that crash.

It looks like Servia lost control and turned into a car and two pinballed into another two.

Crash!

Big crash! Five cars collide and there's debris scattered all over the track.

Go! Go! Go!

Green flag and here we go. Can Max Chilton win it? He's the leader with 17 laps to go.