Fernando Alonso is hungry for points since his last run in the top 10 at the Hungarian Grand Prix in July and is raring to get some in the U.S. Grand Prix.
In Malaysia and Japan, the Spaniard missed scoring points by a narrow margin and finished 11th in both the races. At Singapore GP, he was gunning hard for a podium finish but was taken out of action by Raikkonen’s car.
McLaren can come within the top 10 at Austin if they maximise their potentials says a confident Alonso
“I hope in Austin we can build on the momentum we know we’ve been gathering behind the scenes, despite not being able to show the results on the final timesheets, and I think there’s the potential to score points if we can pull everything together.
“There are a lot of factors to take into account and anything can happen at this race – we’ve seen quite a lot of drama both on-track and off it over the last few years – but I’m optimistic we can have a positive weekend if we can maximise every opportunity.”
Earlier this year, Alonso had an impressive run at the Indy 500 in America where he led the race for 27 laps and was later forced to retire due to an engine failure. To celebrate his run, the Spaniard will wear a replica of his Indy 500 helmet at Austin as a one-off change.
“I’m excited to head back to the United States. I had a great time over summer there this year with everything going on around the Indy 500, and I know the fans are incredibly passionate and enthusiastic, so I’m expecting a really good atmosphere around Austin.
According to Alonso, Circuit of The Americas (COTA) is one of the best tracks in the world because each sector is different and thus each lap will be a challenge. Due to the width of the track, there will be opportunities to overtake, he added.
“The COTA track is a really fun track to race on – every sector is different and achieving the perfect compromise with the set-up to suit the constantly changing characteristics of the lap is what makes the challenge there so unique. COTA is also wider than a lot of the circuits we’ve been to recently so there are usually some good chances to overtake, which hopefully we can make the most of on Sunday.”