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Fernando Alonso

F1 cars are not made for Las Vegas - Alonso

Fernando Alonso was relieved to score Las Vegas Grand Prix points, but had a criticism for the track and the feeling of cars around some of the slower speed corners.

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Formula 1 cars are not designed to race around venues such as Las Vegas, reckons Fernando Alonso, who insisted "traditional" races form the backbone of the calendar.

While some sections of the Strip circuit where in the recent high-speed mould for street tracks, some of the corners, around the Sphere in particular, were slow speed, with drivers largely unable to make any overtaking moves through this section of track.

Alonso spun at Turn 1 and dropped to the rear of the field, pitting for repairs but climbing up the order thanks to stopping early to run in the points.

The Aston Martin driver did finish in ninth-place and is now level on 200 points with fellow Spanish driver Carlos Sainz heading to Abu Dhabi - but was left feeling the "fun" was taken out of driving at F1's newest circuit.

Alonso: F1 cars not made for Vegas

"There is not much fun to drive at this kind of circuits, at 360kph, with no grip, no visibility and bouncing like hell," Alonso explained to media including RacingNews365.

"I know from the outside, the show maybe looks good, but these cars are not made to go around corners at 80kph.

"They are made to go to Suzuka, to Barcelona and Silverstone and maximise the potential - that is where we need to balance the championship and the calendar.

"It is what we are doing, but I don't think that this is the only way to go - we need to keep the traditional races as well, where the Formula 1 car can shine."

As for his race, Alonso recovered to ninth with team-mate Lance Stroll taking fifth as the 12 points hauled reduced the gap to McLaren in the fight for fourth in the Constructors' to seven points heading to Abu Dhabi.

But Alonso was still at a loss to describe his Turn 1 incident, when he addressed media including RacingNews365.

"I haven't seen the TV yet, and I still need to watch what happened," he said.

"I lost the car and I don't know if I was in a sandwich between two cars or if I was alone, but I thought it was all over when I saw the Alfa Romeo [of Bottas].

"I was facing the wrong the way, so I am happy with the final result and scoring some points."

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