Brazilian GP: Points again! Alonso finishes 8th

Fernando Alonso drove his heart out in a race-long pursuit of Felipe Massa, ending his Brazilian Grand Prix in a hugely impressive eighth position.

Starting from sixth, Fernando was overtaken by the Brazilian on lap six. He settled down in hot pursuit of the Williams driver, and only lost positions to the faster cars of Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo before he reached the chequer.

After making his sole stop of the race on lap 28, Fernando really put the hammer down to close a 2.8s gap to Felipe. For the remaining 42 laps, he pushed relentlessly, closing the gap down to 0.4s by the chequer. While his bid was ultimately unsuccessful, it was supremely spectacular.

“Overall, it’s been a happy Brazilian GP for us. We started sixth, at the first corner we were up to fifth, and then we finished in the points – one of our best weekends.

“I had a fantastic car throughout the whole race, but, ultimately, I just could not overtake. We didn’t have enough speed on the straights. I was very, very close to Felipe a couple of times at the exit of the corners, and I thought ‘now is the time I can pass him,’ but even though I was using the DRS, he was pulling away.

“He was very consistent and made zero mistakes. Also, being the last lap of Felipe’s last-ever F1 race in Brazil, I wasn’t sure how hard he would defend! I didn’t have a chance to overtake him, anyway. And I had to defend from Perez behind, so I was happy when I saw the chequered flag.”

Formula 1 2017 Brazilian GP Race Results
# Driver Team Gap Points
1. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:31:26.262 25
2. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes +2.762s 18
3. Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari +4.600s 15
4. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +5.468s 12
5. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing +32.940s 10
6. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing +48.691s 8
7. Felipe Massa Williams +68.882s 6
8. Fernando Alonso McLaren +69.363s 4
9. Sergio Perez Force India +69.500s 2
10. Nico Hulkenberg Renault +1 lap 1
Brazilian GP 2017 – All Team Radios Brazilian GP 2017 – Post Race Interivew