Fernando Alonso has reflected on another frustrating qualifying session at the 2023 Mexico City Grand Prix, with the Aston Martin driver starting in 13th place for Sunday’s race.
Aston Martin started this season in great form but in recent races they have struggled to maintain that momentum. Particularly in Qualifying, they appear to have lost ground on those around them.
Alonso though, hopes similar levels of race pace can be found at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez as he did at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas in the previous race which saw him move up the order before retiring.
Fernando Alonso reveals current Aston Martin frustrations
“[It was] very tricky,” Alonso told the press. “Yesterday [Friday] in the high speed corners, I lost the car, and today on the curb I lost the car.
“We have been struggling the whole weekend and we need to work hard to get back to the level we were at.
“Obviously we had the Austin race where we compared the two packages and the results were clear in favour of the new package.
“But we’re not very confident in the car, we cannot extract the maximum and this hurts us a lot.
“We were losing one or two tenths per corner, we need to find more performance, everyone is trying to do their best and I still feel confident that we will show better from now to Abu Dhabi.”
Aston Martin are really at risk of losing fourth to McLaren come the end of the F1 season in terms of the constructors’ battle but will at least be buoyed by Lando Norris‘ 18th place start for the Mexico City GP.