Fernando Alonso: “Let’s hope we can have some fun this weekend”


After retiring only one lap into the Mexican Grand Prix due to engine issues, McLaren-Honda driver Fernando Alonso is looking forward to the Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend.

With reliability issues causing frustration on Alonso’s side of the garage, it’s something the team are always working hard on and in the lead up to the Brazilian Grand Prix they will be looking especially closer. Making sure they are able to get the most track time possible over the course of the weekend.

“We knew Mexico would be tough, and many of Interlagos’ characteristics are similar, with its steep sections and long straights,” said the Spaniard. “However, the circuit is incredible to drive and always a lot of fun, so I’m looking forward to the weekend.

“We are still seeing progress in our pace and small improvements in every area race by race, so we know it’s important to keep our heads down and keep pushing towards the end of the season. Every race counts and the more we can learn and gather data at every track, the more information we will have at our disposal over the winter and for the development of our package.

“After the incredible fan support we received in Mexico, I know we’ll receive another warm welcome in Brazil. The atmosphere is always fantastic and the Brazilian fans are just as passionate. It’s a very special place and we always see unpredictable racing there, so let’s hope we can have some fun this weekend.”

Alonso’s team-mate, Jenson Button found it tough in Mexico but felt the pace in the corners was positive for the team so he is looking forward to seeing how the car performs in these areas in Brazil.

“Interlagos has got to be up there with the all-time great circuits in Formula 1,” said the Briton. “There’s so much history there, so many legends have raced on that circuit and the fans are always so enthusiastic that you can’t help but love going back there each year. 

“It’s a tough circuit on the cars as it’s so bumpy, but really fun to drive with its off-camber sections and technical mix of corners.Unlike the last couple of races, I hope we can get some solid dry running done initially so that we can really focus on set-up and reliability and get as much time on track as possible from Friday onwards, then we’ll see what we can do from there.”