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Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso has revealed he will race through the pain barrier at this weekend’s US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.
The Spaniard has been struggling with a back injury since he bounced over kerbs at high speed during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but has vowed to race on.
Alonso knows how much is at stake as he tries to secure second place in the drivers’ and constructors’ championships for himself and Ferrari respectively, and he will not let the niggle stop him.
“Packing the bag for Austin, with some pain, but eager and confident to help the team. I will try to give 100% as always,” he revealed on Twitter.
“The value of something depends on the way you deal with it mentally and not with the thing itself.”
Alonso will be checked over by doctors from the FIA once he arrives at the track but is set to race on despite not being fully fit, starting with practice on Friday.
Barring a huge turnaround, Alonso is on course to take second spot in the drivers’ championship as he sits 34 points ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, with a maximum 50 points still up for grabs.
Raikkonen is not taking part in the last two races, but Alonso is still 42 points in front of Lewis Hamilton who sits fourth in the standings.