Alonso thought race was over at turn one

In the round-up: Fernando Alonso feared his race was over after spinning at the first corner in Vegas

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In brief

Alonso “thought race was over” after turn one spin

Fernando Alonso admitted the thought his Las Vegas Grand Prix was over after he spun at the first corner.

The Aston Martin driver started ninth on the grid but dived up the inside of Logan Sargeant and Valtteri Bottas into the first corner, before losing control and spinning where he was hit by the Alfa Romeo. Alonso would eventually finish in the points in ninth.

“I didn’t see the TV yet and I still need to watch what happened,” he told media including RaceFans. “I lost the car.

“I don’t know if I was in a sandwich between two cars or if I was alone – I don’t know yet. I thought it was over when I saw the Alfa Romeo and I was facing the wrong way, so I’m happy with the final result and scoring some points.”

Bottas stuck by illness

Valtteri Bottas was suffering with an illness throughout the Las Vegas Grand Prix weekend.

The Alfa Romeo driver qualified seventh but fell to the back of the field after he was hit by Sergio Perez in the first corner melee, then made contact with Alonso. Bottas eventually finished the race in 17th position.

“It was not great,” Bottas said. “I got this stomach bug a few days ago and it kept getting worse until last night.

“Yesterday was the worst, today was actually better. But that was not the most fun weekend for me in the end with what happened in the race.”

Macau win “one of my biggest achievements” – Browning

Williams junior driver Luke Browning described winning the Formula 3 World Cup at the Macau Grand Prix as one of the “biggest achievements of my career”.

The 21-year-old won the prestigious F3 race from pole position during an eventful race, winning ahead of F2 racer Dennis Hauger and Gabriele Mini in third in a field including former two-time Macau winner Dan Ticktum and IndyCar racer Marcus Armstrong.

“Words can’t describe this victory,” Browning said. “The standard here, these incredible drivers, I’m super grateful. For a young guy driving fast cars it’s a dream come true.

“I had all four wheels locking next to Dennis. It was tight, but it’s arguably one of the biggest achievements of my career. Like most racing drivers, I’m lucky to be here. Every time I get into the car, I’m pinching myself.”

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