In the round-up: Fernando Alonso “cannot wait” for the next race after standing on the podium again at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Alonso thinks he can remain “in the mix” at final races
Aston Martin claimed their second biggest points haul of the past three seasons in last weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix, and Alonso believes more of the same is possible after they turned around their mid-season slump in form.
“I was a little bit concerned, no doubt, for the last few races and maybe the final part of the championship,” he admitted. “Now I cannot wait to go to Vegas. So it’s a very different energy when you have a performing car.”
After taking the final podium place by five hundredths of a second in Brazil, Alonso conceded a repeat may not be on the cards in the final two races, but he believes they will be “at least closer than Mexico” where they had failed to contend for points the week prior.
“I think there are a couple of things that have been understood inside the team and the direction to go,” he said. “We had some hopes for this race and they proved to be right. And now, why not to be competitive in the last two?”
Open-wheel talents and motorcycling legend in WEC’s rookie test
The World Endurance Championship’s post-season rookie test at Bahrain attracted some big names who all fitted the rookie criteria for the respective class of car they were driving in.
Ferrari’s Formula 1 reserve driver Robert Shwartzman drove their 499P hypercar along with Lilou Wadoux. Moto GP legend and BMW factory driver Valentino Rossi tested an LMP2 car run by WRT – who will run BMW’s upcoming WEC hypercar programme – while Andretti’s new Formula E signing Norman Nato and Asian Le Mans Series champion Rene Binder got a taste of hypercar machinery in Porsches.
Formula 2 racer and total sports car newcomer Clement Novalak was the second-fastest driver in the test’s LMP2 classification behind three-times GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup champion Charles Weerts.
F1 CEO tight-lipped over Andretti
F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali is giving no indication when they are likely to reach a decision on the commercial terms which will be offered to Andretti-Cadillac after the FIA approved their entry to the championship.
“There is a process that is in place, so as always, we don’t have to give any anticipation,” said Domenicali in an F1 investors call last week. “The FIA did its right role of doing its first assessment. Now we’re in the process of doing our assessment on the commercial and marketing side.
“As soon as this process will be finished, of course, we will inform everyone accordingly. First of all, of course, sharing this info in the first instance with the FIA.”
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