Currently sat in fourth in the drivers' championship, he has been enjoying his best season since 2013, the last season in which he was able to claim a race victory.
Now, the Spaniard has been reflecting on what was a disappointing day for Aston Martin all-round.
"It has been a pretty bad day in general," he told DAZN. "Free practice 1 was one to forget, with problems in both cars, with the front brakes on fire, my teammate couldn't do any laps, I only did six or seven quality laps.
"And now in Q1 we came out very badly in traffic, I went out, I think I passed the finish line with a second to spare before the red flag, I started the lap very close to the car in front.
"But hey, even so, the lap was good and I didn't have any big problems with the car, we weren't fast enough
"Sunday's race is already a bit compromised by starting so far behind. Let's see if on Saturday we can do a good qualifying and a good sprint and at least have a good Saturday"
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