On the first day of activity on the track in Austin, Ferrari has suffered from a certain lack of speed compared to its main competitor at this point of championship, Red Bull, and none of their pilots has occupied any of the top three positions in the two free practice sessions.
in Addition, the day has been particularly problematic for Sebastian Vettel. The German pilot could only be eighth in the first session, and after the second, finished in fourth place less than a second of Rosberg (1:38.178), received a formal reprimand, the first of the year, for entering the pit lane with no respect for the bollard that marks the entrance to the same, to pull it out after you find a McLaren on the road.
The four-time champion German admitted that the day had not been a bed of roses and the car still does not behave as you would like, even though I trusted that the situation will turn in favour of the Scuderia when it comes to classification:
“it Has been a hard day, and, to be fair. , we Had problems in the morning with a small aletín dropped, and the time on track that we lost has been a bit costly for the afternoon, because we have not been able to rebalance the car. We’ve been in a committed today and I’m not entirely happy yet with the balance of the car, is a little nervous, but I think we can improve for tomorrow”.
“On Fridays, you normally don’t see all the cards, so that I hope that tomorrow we are much stronger. Today, Red Bull have been very fast, no doubt, but I still believe that we have a choice. It is Friday, I would not worry too much. You never know what others are doing, we know what is ours, and we have not had the best day. Sure it will be well matched with them, and, with the speed he has shown today, it will be difficult to be at its height tomorrow, but I think that the Ferrari that you have seen today is not the Ferrari that you see in the morning.”
Friday Kimi Räikkönen followed a reverse path: he Free 1 in fourth position, but in the second was the man who closed the top 10, seven tenths behind Vettel (1:38.865), after his best lap was ruined after a track output. The Finnish driver had not been able to find the right direction with the setup throughout the day:
“In the first session, we did not manage to succeed with the setup, and in the free seconds I got out of that track with new tires and I could not mark time. Apart from that, it has been a Friday regular, seems worse than it is. We have done the work of always with the setup, and is sometimes given as well. We have not had any serious problem, only we try to make sense and get the car exactly where we want it. The Mercedes look very strong, as they have been all year”.