Fernando Alonso looking forward to close, high-speed racing in Malaysia

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Fernando Alonso is interested to see how the cars cope at this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix after organisers have recently resurfaced the track.

The McLaren-Honda driver finished the Singapore Grand Prix in seventh, he made a good start and managed to avoid the incident with Carlos Sainz Jr and Nico Hulkenberg. This moved him up to fifth but was unable to keep the Scuderia Ferrari drivers behind him.

There has been a few changes at the Sepang International Circuit, corners have been altered along with resurfacing the whole circuit. With gradient also being changed to help improve drainage at corners. Honda are planning to bring their final engine upgrade this weekend, but it is unclear if both Alonso and Jenson Button will get the update.

The Spaniard is hopeful of some close racing at the Malaysian circuit this weekend, to make it an entertaining weekend for the fans.

“I’m looking forward to heading back to Malaysia after 18 months since the last race there,” said Alonso. “It’ll be interesting to see how the cars cope on the newly-resurfaced track, and I imagine the weather conditions will be different from our last visit.

“Still, we expect it to be a tough race in the heat and humidity, but there’s a good combination of slow and high-speed corners and fast straights, so it has a little bit of everything. It tests every part of the package, and the driver too, so hopefully there’ll be some close racing and an entertaining weekend for the fans.”