Alonso clings to the “unknown element” for Brazil




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The Formula 1 race this weekend Brazil the penultimate date of the season, which will feature with sprint race and with the doubt of the weather, so many times protagonist in that historic test. there it comes Alonso after another weekend to regret in Mexico, where he added another retirement due to reliability.

After the KO in the last race, Fernando Alonso is 11 points behind his teammate Ocon, but sees in the Sao Paulo GP (that’s what the grand prize is actually called since 2021) a good opportunity.

The José Carlos Pace Autodrome in Interlagos is a track where the Spaniard keeps good memories (there was crowned in 2005 Y 2006), but also other more bitter ones such as the end of the 2007 and 2012 seasons, where he arrived with title options.

Now, two weekends away from ending her relationship with Alpinethe Spaniard clings to that history of crazy tests due to the weather and the circuit itself to enjoy an intense weekend that will have the classification on Friday and two races (one in the sprint, on Saturday).

“There is always an unknown element when going to Brazil,” said the two-time champion in the team preview. “There are often interesting races and results. The weather is hard to predict and we have seen some absolutely historic races in the past due to unpredictability. We are likely to see mixed weather conditions in qualifying, the sprint race or the feature race.”

In addition, changes to the sprint format for 2022 (the top ten now score) may help their team distance themselves in the fight for fourth place from McLaren: “Thanks to the sprint format we have two attempts to score points and extend our lead over McLaren ahead of the last Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.”

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With this, Alonso will have played no less than 19 grand prix in Brazil, equaling the local Rubens Barrichello as a driver with the most appearances in that circuit. However, and despite the fact that he won his two titles there and has added eight podiums, he has never won at Interlagos, where he was third in 2006, 2008 and 2012, and it is a track that, in addition to the setbacks mentioned, saw his first big accident in the F1.

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Stephen Ocon he also sees an opportunity for his team to stabilize in fourth place, and admits that he likes the challenge of a sprint weekend: “This format forces all the teams to give their best from the start, instead of doing it until Saturday afternoon, for example, and I like that”.

“More points are up for grabs and it’s usually a good show for the fans. It’s the last big push of the season, and next week it ends in Abu Dhabi. I know everyone on the circuit and in both factories is giving the 110 % to finish at the top”, concluded the Frenchman.

Alpine, which is two points from equaling its total reached in 2021, has 153 points with two races remaining, seven more than McLaren (146).

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Alonso clings to the “unknown element” for Brazil