Having built himself a reputation as a 'rain master' in Formula One over the years, the soaking conditions at the latest round of he A1 Grand Prix circuit at Funididora Park in Mexico should have suited Jos Verstappen.

However, the Team Netherlands driver was finding the going tough in practice, with a lack of grip putting Verstappen outside of the top ten in both practice sessions.

Indeed, continuous drizzle meant that various spinning drivers brought out the red flag, while Verstappen did not end the day unscathed either after sliding off the track in the first session, ending it in 14th place. The slippery circuit did not improve much in the second session, but Verstappen got his car up to 11th place.

"Certainly in the second session we tried a lot of things, to go as quick as possible," the former Benetton driver said. "We just didn't have the grip. We have some idea why that is and we will change some things for tomorrow. It took too long to do that today. It was difficult, you could see that.

"You even heard coming onto the start finish straight, nothing but wheelspin. It didn't go our way. The track is very slippery and there is lots of sand. You saw that by the way the cars looked. At least we have got an indication of the grip levels of the circuit and we will have to adjust the car to that."

Team boss Jan Lammers is also hoping for an upturn in fortunes ahead of qualifying. "We will have to work hard to adjust the car. The weather of today we didn't expect here in Mexico. We based the set up of the car on a warm track, like in Indonesia and South Africa. We will have to adjust the car to cooler conditions and that's were we are going to work on tonight."

 

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