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Fernando Alonso – Brazilian Grand Prix was ‘tough’

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Fernando Alonso - McLaren F1 Team - Brazil GP
Fernando Alonso was unhappy with his result in Brazil / Credit: Steven Tee / McLaren

McLaren F1 Team driver Fernando Alonso has reflected on his performance in the Brazilian Grand Prix, feeling that the race was ‘tough’.

The Spaniard started the race in seventeenth, as a result of penalties for Racing Point Force India F1 Team‘s Esteban Ocon, holding that position until the end of the race.

“It was tough today.  We gambled a little bit on the strategy, stopping very early to overtake some cars in front, but it didn’t work out for us,” said Alonso.

Alonso said they were not as competitive in the second stint of the race, due to unforeseen issues with their tyre choice, as well as pit-stop.

“As it turned out, the Medium tyres blistered, and we weren’t competitive in the second part of the race.  Also, my pit-stop was not clean and smooth, and we lost some time there.”

Alonso was confident they had done all they could, and felt that it wouldn’t have been possible to get into the points due to the lack of pace they had been experiencing all weekend.

“Overall, we’ve been too slow all weekend.  We just didn’t have the pace to be in the top ten so today, no matter what strategy we had done or whatever we tried today, I think points were unreachable.”

Alonso and the team will be able to claw back some points in the last race of the season in Abu Dhabi next weekend, putting an end to to their dire season.

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