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Fernando Alonso speaks about his Honda engine after disappointing Brazilian GP

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Following the conclusion of the Brazilian Grand Prix earlier on Sunday afternoon, there is just one race left in the 2017 Formula 1 calendar. 

The drivers will conclude this season in Abu Dhabi on November 26. However, there's little left to decide in the last race. 

Lewis Hamilton secured his fourth Drivers' Championship last week in Mexico, meaning there's little to race for in a couple of weeks time, especially at the top.

Mercedes have also already won the Constructors' Championship, so the pressure really is off for their team at the Yas Marina Circuit. 

However, they will be hoping for a better weekend in Abu Dhabi than the one they've just had in Brazil, even if there's nothing to play for. 

After crashing out in Saturday's qualifying, Hamilton started Sunday's race from the pits. His teammate Valtteri Bottas started on pole, but was unable to win in Brazil and finished second. 

Bottas made a nightmare start and was overtaken on the first corner by Sebastian Vettel, who took first place.

Even though Hamilton made it up to fourth, Mercedes will still be disappointed with how the race unfolded.  


But they're not the only ones feeling that way. McLaren driver Fernando Alonso knows that feeling of disappointment all too well. 

He's struggled this season and after the Brazilian GP spoke out about the shortcomings of his Honda engine once again. 

He claims that his rivals, who are racing with different engines, are 40 or 50 km/h faster than him on the track. 


"The lack of power today was amazing," said Alonso, per Autosport

"Yesterday I think it was 25 km/h, today when someone uses the DRS it must be 40 or 50, so it's pretty incredible that we finish in front of some cars.

"I was very, very close to Felipe a couple of times on the exit of the last corner, but even with the DRS he was pulling away."


The Spanish driver also fired a warning to Toro Rosso, who are going to be using Honda engines next year. 

"The lack of power is quite worrying for Toro Rosso next year. The lack of speed today was alarming."

The constructors, who are switching from Renault engines to Honda in 2018, are currently sixth in the championship. 


Although they're aiming to move higher in the standings, it sounds like Alonso thinks that Toro Rosso will be going down, not up next season. 

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