Alonso: Friday's lost mileage 'quite painful'
21 October 2017 – Fernando Alonso described his lost mileage at the Circuit of the Americas on Friday as "quite painful", having planned to test a range of new developments.
Alonso's car was struck by a hydraulic issue in FP1, which required lengthy repair work, restricting him to just four laps, none of which were timed.
He experienced a smoother FP2, racking up 28 laps, but lamented having to cram his Friday programme into one session, with updates for 2018 to evaluate.
"We lost the first session because of an hydraulic issue, which was quite painful because we had several items to test, including for next year," said Alonso.
"We tried to catch up in the second session but it was difficult, so I think we'll try them again in Mexico."
Alonso is nonetheless optimistic over his chances this weekend, after placing seventh in FP2, behind only the Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari drivers.
"I believe there's still quite a bit to get out of the car – still some tenths to find, which I think probably everyone will find," he commented.
"We know [Max] Verstappen and [Nico] Hülkenberg have penalties, so if we manage to get into Q3, we'll be able to start from an even better position.
"But if we don't make it into Q3, and we can start eighth or ninth on new tyres, it could be very good too."
Alonso's team-mate, Stoffel Vandoorne, ended the day 15th on the timesheets, and will also take a grid penalty for fitting a new Internal Combustion Engine.