Alonso expects to be in better shape

Tuesday 19-November-2013 13:17

After fighting through the pain barrier in Austin last weekend, Fernando Alonso expects to be in better condition at this weekend's Brazil Grand Prix.

The former world champion suffered from back pain following an incident with Jean-Eric Vergne during the Abu Dhabi GP, which registered 26G on the cars' sensors.

Subsequently, the Spaniard was taken to hospital and was cleared to race in Texas following more tests at the Circuit of the Americas.

Nevertheless, the Ferrari driver was clearly in pain throughout the weekend and support tape was clearly visibly on his neck.

"I'll be okay for Brazil. With a few days to relax I should be even better," said Alonso.

"But I am tired because I physically didn't have a good preparation for the race. I spent a week in bed with headaches.

"It was then a stressful weekend with all the battles, and the race was demanding, I had to fight all the way through, so I am tired now.

"Hopefully I will feel better in Brazil, less tired, and be able to enjoy the weekend more. But there are still targets with the Constructors' Championship, so it's not as if I'll be racing for fun in Brazil. There will be a lot of stress and pressure for the team, but we'll try and do as well as we can."

He finished in fifth place in Austin, which was enough to wrap up the runner-up spot in the Drivers' Championship, an achievement he is proud of considering he didn't have the second fastest car during 2013.

"I'm very proud," he added.

"We clearly don't have the second quickest car, so to be second in the drivers' championship is a little bit of a reward for me.

"Of course, we'd prefer to be ten times tenth in the championship, and one time a champion than many times second.

"But I've been champion twice, three times second, so obviously one of my strongest points is scoring many points on Sunday.

"With whatever car I have, with whatever rules we race under, I will fight for the championship until the last race."

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