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Both drivers retired from Austin’s race after a problem with the rear of their car, but even before that, it was a race that was quickly forgotten.

Ocon suffered front wing damage on lap 1 after contact with Alfa Romeo Antonio Giovinazzi While Alonso was stuck in the fight between Jobinati and other Alfa Romeo cars, he wasn’t fast enough to recover much of the ground. Kimi Raikkonen For the last point of the 10th.

It was the first time since Monza Takayama The car reached Q3 but was not helped behind Alonso’s grid start after the engine change.

Nonetheless, Alonso wants to be able to see why his team struggled so badly on both the lap and the race at the Circuit of the Americas.

“Hopefully, we can still find some answers,” Alonso said.

“In the race, the car was much better and I think it was more competitive. It was definitely faster than Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin and even Kakuda.

“In free practice, it wasn’t as fast as it is today, so it was a great step forward in the race, but it’s still not as good as Sochi or Turkey, so we need to continue our analysis.

“Probably because the bumps and suspensions are so specific to what we run here in Austin because of the characteristics of this circuit, that’s what we didn’t understand correctly. We analyzed and top shape in Mexico. I will try to be “”

Fight against Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW43B, Esteban Ocon and Alpine A521

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Ocon added that he did not expect Alpine to struggle after a modest competition after the summer vacation. Austin has finished 15 consecutive points finishes for the Enstone team, who scored the last non-scoring in the opening round in Bahrain.

“I didn’t expect it to be that hard,” he admitted. “I had to fight the car pretty hard throughout the practice, but I made a lot better improvement throughout all the sessions.

“The qualifying wasn’t as good as I expected, but it improved significantly from FP1 and I was forced to struggle again in the race.

“We need to analyze and get back stronger from there. But I think it’s a track in itself and a very rough track compared to everywhere. It’s pretty bumpy. So many aspects to investigate. there is.”

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