Alonso optimistic of points return in Austin
17 October 2017 – Fernando Alonso is confident that he can return to the points-paying positions at the United States Grand Prix, off the back of a string of near-misses and incidents.
Alonso was involved in the first-lap clash in Singapore, believing that the clash cost him a shot at the podium, before he claimed back-to-back 11th-place finishes in Malaysia and Japan.
Alonso is sure that McLaren can creep into the top 10 if the operation maximises its potential at the Circuit of the Americas.
"I really enjoy spending time in the States and I have lots of happy memories there," said Alonso, having already competed in the country earlier this year, at the Indianapolis 500.
"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.
"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.
"I'm optimistic we can have a positive weekend if we can maximise every opportunity."
McLaren team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne, who has never raced in Austin, is also confident the outfit can enjoy a more positive weekend compared to its display in Japan.
"After a couple of positive races for me, Japan was trickier for us and we struggled to make up any ground on Sunday after an unfortunate start," he said.
"Austin should be a bit better for us in terms of power sensitivity, although there's a wide range of corners which each give us a different challenge, so the key will be to balance the set-up all the way around the lap.
"There should be more overtaking opportunities there too and I'm hopeful we can have a more positive weekend."