Fernando Alonso believes Aston Martin’s performance has been hit by the new tyre compounds which were introduced at the previous round.Lewis Hamilton’s pole position time.
This is the second race since F1’s official tyre supplier Pirelli introduced a new specification of tyres. This was approved by the FIA after the first five races of the season due to concerns over the lap time improvements which had been made in the second year of F1’s current technical regulations.
Alonso admitted Aston Martin has come under greater pressure from rivals whose rate of development has been quicker. “We didn’t improve the car much,” he said after qualifying at the Hungaroring.
“You see the upgrades from everyone on Thursday when they have to publish the FIA documents and we see for 12 rounds now what we brought to the circuit and what the main rivals they brought obviously it’s a bit different there.
“So we need to speed up, we know, as a team also in many different areas one would be the rate of development into next year’s project.”
However he also suspects the new tyres introduced at Silverstone has affected their competitiveness and that of Red Bull, who have won every race so far this year.
“Also the tyres, I don’t think that it was a fair thing in Silverstone to introduce a new tyre.
“I think for Red Bull and Aston Martin it seems that Silverstone and Hungary were not our best circuits. We could be a casualty. We’ll see in the next races.”
After qualifying Alonso’s race engineer Chris Cronin told him he was little more than a tenth of a second off qualifying four places higher, which would have put him on the second row of the grid.
“I’m quite happy with the performance of the car today, the car felt good in qualifying,” he said. “It was fun to drive and I think we were four tenths from pole position, which is more or less the average of the season.
“So we are not too far, but everything is so close. With four tenths instead of being P4 or something like that you are P8. So that was the tricky thing but nothing we can do now. Let’s see if tomorrow we can be close on pace.”
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