Kimi Räikkönen. Photo: Scuderia Ferrari
Ferrari continues in free fall. the pilots of the team the Italian had to settle for the third row of the grid for the Grand Prix of the united States, with Kimi Räikkönen ahead of Sebastian Vettel. Both, more than a second of the pole position achieved by Lewis Hamilton and the finn to more than half a second of the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo, author of the third best time.
A result which confirms the downward trend in the competitiveness of Ferrari and complicates your chances of getting the second position in the Constructors ‘ World, in that currently Red Bull them ahead on 50 points.
Both Räikkönen as Vettel made a single attempt with tires superblandos in the Q 1 and Q2, enough to move forward. In the round’s final, both gave two turns with the same compound. But while Kimi improved his time in a little more than four tenths, Sebastian only arañaba little more than a to your registry. Barring unforeseen circumstances, the performance of the SF16-H in the Circuit of the Americas did not have excessive hopes for the race, although Räikkönen is confident that things can improve in the race.
This is our position. Things have not gone so badly; yesterday, and in the third-party free I had some trouble and the situation was not ideal, but we have made some changes and the car has behaved better. There are things to fix, we need more speed and grip but overall balance is not bad and in the race we should be better.
In similar terms was expressed Sebastian Vettel, that all forms subject to the possibility of war to the Red Bull to be able to make a good start and to succeed with the strategy.
The feelings have not been so bad but the reality is that we suffered. The classification has not been bad until we came to Q3. Obviously, we’re not happy with the difference, but maybe with a good start and strategy we can make progress and get a good result.