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Fernando Alonso confident in picking up last points of F1 career in Brazil

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SAO PAULO — Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso believes he can score the last points of his career at the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The Spanish driver said Thursday the Interlagos circuit was more suited to his McLaren than Abu Dhabi, where the season ends on Nov. 25.

Occupying 10th position in the drivers’ championship, Alonso said the expectation of rain on Saturday and Sunday could help him pick up points at the track where he won both his titles.

The 37-year-old Alonso has raced in F1 for 17 seasons and will quit at the end of the campaign.

He last scored points in September when he finished seventh at the Singapore Grand Prix.

F1 races in Austin, Mexico City hitting financial rough patches

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AUSTIN, Texas — Two of Formula One’s three races in North America are facing financial issues that are raising concern about their future.

Organizers of the U.S. Grand Prix won’t get at least $20 million from the state of Texas for the 2018 race after missing a paperwork deadline set by state law. And new questions lurk about the future of the Mexican Grand Prix after the country’s new president suggested the government may not spend on the race like it has the last four years.

Both races have been popular with drivers and fans, and have enjoyed key dates on the F1 calendar. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton clinched season championships in Texas in 2015 and in Mexico City in 2017 and 2018.

Officials in Formula One and at the Circuit of the Americas, host of the U.S. Grand Prix, did not immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday.