While circling the Circuit of the Americas, the Spaniard could be sighted with flames appearing from his front left brake. On DAZN’s coverage, ex-F1 driver and pundit Pedro de la Rosa commented on the moment.
"They worked on Fernando's car. And in fact, if you can see it in the images, on Fernando's onboard it even seemed that the drum caught a little fire, in the left-centre part, and that is why they had to disassemble."
As an Aston Martin ambassador, De La Rosa continued to report that experiencing an overheating issue at such short notice was worrying due to small number of laps completed up to that point. More worrying for the team is that they were unable to explain the cause of the problem, and with qualifying looming, a quick fix would be imperative to partaking.
"They dismantled the drums and tried to understand the overheating of the brakes,” De La Rosa explained. “The problem is that in a sprint weekend you really have very little time to test the car and obviously we are losing time"
"We managed to change the drums and the cooling part of Fernando's left tire. He will have no more troubles. It’s still a shame because he couldn’t really try the car, Fernando only did five laps before this issue. With Stroll we preferred not to take risks and not take him out on the track”.
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