Fernando Alonso: “We’ll be looking to bounce back in Brazil”


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After a disappointing weekend in Mexico, Fernando Alonso is looking to bounce back at this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

The McLaren Honda F1 Team driver had to settle for thirteenth at the Mexican Grand Prix, behind team-mate Jenson Button. Alonso admitted that he did not have the pace needed to be able to challenge for the points, seeing the chequered flag two places behind his starting position.

Alonso is looking forward to returning to Brazil this weekend, somewhere he feels is a special place for drivers.

“I think every racing driver enjoys racing at Interlagos,” said Alonso. “It’s obviously a special place.

“We saw at the last race just how important it is to have packed grandstands full of passionate fans – and Brazil is no different. For such a short lap, the track has a great flow – from the moment you cross the start-finish line, you plunge into the Esses and then sweep down into the bottom of the venue’s natural bowl. I love this place.”

The Spaniard confirms the main aim for the team will be to make the most of Friday and Saturday, to give them the best chance of maintaining a good position on Sunday.

“Sitting on the grid ahead of the race is one of those unique Formula 1 sensations,” added Alonso. “The crowd seems to loom over you; really in your face, very close.

“After a disappointing weekend in Mexico, I think we’ll be looking to bounce back in Brazil. One of our aims will be to make the most of practice and qualifying, and give ourselves the best chance of maintaining a better position during the race.”