Augusto eleventh on day one at Portimao
Gorgeous late autumn sunshine and pleasantly warm temperatures of 21 degrees meant conditions at the rollercoaster Algarve International Circuit were ideal to kick off preparations for the first Grand Prix to be staged in Portugal since 2012.
Augusto Fernández was quickly at home on Portimao’s technical and dramatically undulating layout and at the end of a 24-lap run in FP1 he was able to finish just over 0.1s away from the top three.
The Spaniard put in another strong stint of 26-laps this afternoon to improve his pace by 0.7s and it was only a series of late time attacks that cost him a deserved place inside the top six going into FP3 tomorrow morning at 1055am local time.
“I’m happy with the work done today. I was able to set a very good pace and the final position definitely doesn’t truly show our full potential and how I am feeling on the bike. We need to find a fast lap for the time attack because my pace is strong and it will be important to qualify well to capitalise on that. If we keep working like this then I am sure we can have a strong race and finish the season in a positive way.”