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.”

INDYCAR Paddock Pass: Road America (video)

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On this week’s edition of INDYCAR Paddock Pass, Anders Krohn gets input from Matheus Leist, Robert Wickens, Simon Pagenaud, and more ahead of Sunday’s KOHLER Grand Prix (12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

Among the topics discussed are the rookie seasons for Leist and Wickens, tire wear and setup challeges at Road America, and the championship chase.

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