Difficult opening day at Valencia for Augusto
Fresh from a recent successful arm pump operation, it was a painful opening day for Augusto Fernandez at Valencia today when he suffered a heavy blow to his left foot following a vicious high-side in wet conditions at the final turn in FP1.
The 23-year-old bravely completed 11 laps this afternoon, but with track conditions still far from ideal, he decided to stop early in FP2 to avoid taking unnecessary risks ahead of tomorrow’s crucial FP3.
“It has been a complicated first day. This morning I was improving with each lap in the rain but in those conditions you can pay for a small mistake and that’s what happened when I crashed. I hit my left foot hard and I have cracked a bone in the big toe. I wanted to check my condition this afternoon, but I had problems changing gear with the left foot and also, I was finding it difficult to position myself in the right place for left corners. We decided to stop ahead of FP3 where we should have better conditions. If there is pain tomorrow we will grit our teeth to try and get into Q2, but for now I will rest and try to recover well.”