Alonso expects to be in better shape for Brazil

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Fernando Alonso expects to be in better shape for the last round of the season as he continued to recover from the back injuries he sustained during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Alonso hurt his back during the race at Yas Marina when he went off the track at turn three while overtaking Jean-Eric Vergne. He had special medical tape applied to his back during the United States Grand Prix race weekend to ease the symptoms of his injuries.

Following the race Alonso told Sky: “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.”

Although Alonso secured second in the drivers’ championship with his fifth place in the race, Ferrari remain locked in a close three-way contest for second in the constructors’ championship with Mercedea and Lotus.

“Hopefully I will feel better in Brazil, less tired, and be able to enjoy the weekend more,” said Alonso.

“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.”

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.