ALONSO WINS POINT AF­TER FIGHT WITH HAMIL­TON

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FER­NANDO ALONSO CLAIMED HIS third points fin­ish of 2017 in 10th place, af­ter his dra­matic battle for ninth with Lewis Hamil­ton en­livened the clos­ing stages of the Mex­i­can Grand Prix.

Alonso started 18th, thanks to power unit el­e­ment change penal­ties, but quickly climbed to 12th with other driv­ers hit­ting trou­ble and early pit­stops. He passed Ro­main Gros­jean for 11th and held ninth fol­low­ing a stop un­der the vir­tual safety car, af­ter jump­ing Mar­cus Eric­s­son and gain­ing a place from the re­tire­ment of Nico Hulken­berg.

Alonso then har­ried Kevin Mag­nussen for eighth, but was caught by the re­cov­er­ing Hamil­ton. With three laps left, Hamil­ton at­tacked to the out­side at Turn 1, com­plet­ing the move at Turn 5.

Alonso, who set the fifth fastest time in Q1, claimed the Mclaren was the best car in Mex­ico – once you fac­tored out the lim­i­ta­tions of the Honda en­gine.

“As of to­day, or at least to­day, we have the best car,” said Alonso. “The car was han­dling in­cred­i­ble. In the cor­ners, it has very good grip and it al­lows you to drive in­stinc­tively and eas­ily.

“It’s been a while since we set a pink sec­tor. It’s prob­a­bly the best week­end of the whole sea­son.”

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