Although Las Vegas temperatures were not as low as originally feared during the first day of practice, drivers still struggled to generate grip throughout the day.
Fernando Alonso commented on the unpredictable grip caused by the low temperature at the Las Vegas Grand Prix. The track temperature during the second practice session was around 15 degrees Celsius. The session was significant as the first practice session was abandoned due to a loose drain cover damaging Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari. During the nighttime race, the long straights caused the tires to lose temperature, leading to interesting and random grip in the braking zones. Alonso expects drivers to manage tire temperatures during qualifying, but it could be more challenging in race conditions, especially if there’s a Safety Car intervention. Despite the close competition, Alonso had a strong performance in FP2 and hopes to continue Aston Martin’s momentum in Las Vegas.