The British team finished Friday’s second session with Lance Stroll in 18th and Fernando Alonso in 20th, but neither driver was able to do representative laps on the soft tires after the difficult FP2 experience.
Once again, Stroll’s practice was jeopardized by an issue beyond his control, as he lost a lot of time in the garage and had his left front wheel stuck in his car.
The mechanic had to check it again before he could remove it and continue his program.
For his part, Alonso made a mistake and made a stunning spin at the beginning of the session, in turn eight at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, where he started his fastest lap on the soft tyres.
As with the others, when the Aston Martin drivers finally went out for another round on the soft tyres, they were surprised by light rain which hurt their lap times.
“We had a normal start to the session,” Krak said. Sky F1. “Then we couldn’t do a good spin on the soft tyres. Fernando, you might have seen that, spinning in turn eight.”
“And we had trouble removing the left front tire from Lance’s car. And then we weren’t ready when the skies opened up. We were on track with a new set of soft materials, and unfortunately, we couldn’t record a lap.”
On Friday, Aston Martin participated in the Mexican Grand Prix with its new aerodynamic package on the two cars, after dividing its drivers between the old and new versions for the Austin race. crack He admitted that improving the modified car is not easy.
“Coming to Mexico at this altitude is always something you have to get used to,” he said.
“You have much less downforce, much less than in Monza, despite the big wings. It’s something all drivers have to get used to. And the surface is very smooth.”
“We have softer tires, which is something you have to get used to. But it’s the same for everyone. At the end of the day, we’re still learning more about the improvements we’ve made.”
“We did some experiments in the morning, as well as in the afternoon, and the truth is that it was very encouraging. Obviously, when you end up like that on the table, no one is happy. But that is not an honest reflection.”
Despite his recent position at the bottom of the standings, Alonso remained optimistic.
“It was good,” said the Spaniard. “We focused a lot on race pace and fuel consumption, as the car was heavily loaded all day, so it’s difficult to read the times. But the car was in good condition, and we understand more about the new package.” .
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