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Alonso looking to put ‘disappointing Austin’ behind him

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2018 United States Grand Prix
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Fernando Alonso says he will be looking to put a difficult weekend in Austin behind him ahead of this weekend’s 2018 Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix.

The McLaren F1 Team driver qualified 16th on Saturday, missing out on Q2 by three tenths of a second.

His Sunday at the Circuit of the Amercias was also short lived, when Williams Martini Racing‘s Lance Stroll made an optimistic dive up Alonso’s inside, forcing him to retire.

“I want to put the disappointing race in Austin behind me as quickly as possible,” said Alonso.

“The fans always welcome us in such a warm and enthusiast way, and once again we’ll be visiting around the ‘day of the dead’ time, when the whole city seems to be celebrating.

“The atmosphere at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez is also unique, especially in the Stadium section, where the view is overwhelming and you get so close to the fans that you can even hear them roaring when you drive through.”

McLaren could be in for a long weekend thanks to Mexico’s gigantic 1.2km straight.

Their lack of straight line speed was evident as both Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda drivers breezed past Stoffel Vandorne simultaneously.

“I’m looking forward to being in Mexico,” he said. “I can’t wait to be in the car.”

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