Fernando Alonso: “I hope we can have a clean battle and show what’s possible”

by Paul Hensby
Fernando Alonso - McLaren F1 Team

Fernando Alonso has just two races of his Formula 1 career to go but the Spaniard remains excited to visit the Autódromo José Carlos Pace, the venue for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The McLaren F1 Team racer has not had the best of luck in the past two races after retirements in both the United States and Mexican Grand Prix, but despite this, he is focused on maximising his results in Brazil and in the season-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the end of the month.

“I’m excited to return to Interlagos because it’s an incredible circuit and I’ve always enjoyed racing there,” said Alonso.  “It’s a track where many great races have taken place and it’s always a little bit unpredictable.

“I’m also looking forward to putting the last two race weekends behind me and focusing on extracting the performance we have been working hard to maximise in our car but haven’t been able to show. I haven’t had the chance to fight for a couple of grand prix now, so I hope we can have a clean battle and show what’s possible.”

Although he has never won at Interlagos, the circuit has many happy memories for Alonso as he clinched both of his championships with the Renault F1 Team in 2005 and 2006 at the track.  He also says the fans in the country are clearly passionate about their motorsport.

“The Brazilian fans are always super passionate and it’s clear Interlagos is one of those legendary tracks that is so famous in the motorsport world,” said the Spaniard.

“Great champions have driven on this circuit, and with this year’s cars it’ll feel even faster and more exciting than before.”

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