Fernando Alonso at Austin GP: “I was lucky” / Formula 1

Fernando Alonso at Austin GP: “I was lucky” / Formula 1


Fernando Alonso was kicked out of the points by the stewards after the Austin race. Looking back, the two-time champion is talking about his best race of the season.

In Austin, Fernando Alonso initially had every reason to be happy, because he finished seventh in the top 10 and thus finished in the points. But a protest from Haas saw him drop to 15th. The reason: Alonso was traveling with Lance Stroll without a rear-view mirror after a spectacular crash. Alpine has filed a protest against the decision of the law enforcement officers.

Although Alonso’s weekend in Austin ended in frustration, looking back on the Asturian’s record is good: “I think it was one of my best races of the season, if not the best. I fought throughout the race and at the end I had a great fight with Lando Norris, who was all the more important considering the championship battle against McLaren for fourth place in the constructors’ championship.

“The race started well for us and we managed to take advantage of the first safety car period. Then there was the incident with Lance, which we discussed with the stewards after the race. I was lucky that I was able to continue despite the incident and I was surprised when we changed the wing and the tires new and everything seemed fine,” says the two-time world champion.

The 41-year-old has this to say about the upcoming race in Mexico: “We are ready and we are confident that we can score strong points if we have a clean weekend. I am sure that the fight for fourth place in the constructors will continue until the end of the season in Abu Dhabi. That’s why we have to continue to use our opportunities as much as we can.”

USA GP, Circuit of the Americas

01. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing, 1:42:11.687 h
02. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes, +5.023s
03. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari, +7.501
04. Sergio Perez (MEX), Red Bull Racing, +8.293
05. George Russell (GB), Mercedes, +44.815
06. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren, +53.785
07. Sebastian Vettel (D), Aston Martin, +65.354
08. Kevin Magnussen (DK), Haas, +65.834
09. Yuki Tsunoda (J), AlphaTauri, +70,919
10. Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine, +72.875
11. Guanyu Zhou (RC), Alfa Romeo, +76.164
12. Alex Albon (T), Williams, +80.057
13. Pierre Gasly (F), AlphaTauri, +81.763
14. Mick Schumacher (D), Haas, +84.490
15. Fernando Alonso (E), Alpine, +85.078
16 Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), McLaren, +90.487
17. Nicholas Latifi (CDN), Williams, +103.588
outside
Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin, crash
Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Alfa Romeo, Dreher
Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari, collision

Championship status (after 19 of 22 races)

the driver
01. Verstappen 391 points
02. Leclerc 267
03. Persian 265
04.Russell 218
05. Sainz 202
06.Hamilton 198
07. Norris 109
08. Okon 79
09. Alonso 65
10. Botta’s 46
11. Vettel 38
12. Ricciardo 29
13. Magnussen 26
14. Gas 23
15. Walking 13
16. Tsunoda 13
17. Schumacher 12
18.zhou 6
19. Albon 4
20. Latifi 2
21. De Vries 2
22. Nico Hulkenberg (D) 0

Builders Trophy
01. Red Bull Racing 656 points
02.Ferrari 469
03.Mercedes 416
04. Alpine 144
05. McLaren 138
06. Alfa Romeo 52
07. Aston Martin 51
08. Haas 38
09. Alpha Tauri 36
10. Williams8