This Friday were the first and the second practice sessions of the United States Grand Prix. During the morning session, Max Vestappen set the pace with a lap time of 1:34.057. In this session, Pirelli gave some sets of the 2020 tyres so they can get some laps under their belts with those new tyres. Both Mercedes didn’t get a good time and as a result, Lewis finished on P8 (1:35.439) and Valtteri on P17 (1:36.159). Even though the bad results of the first practice sessions, Lewis dominated the evening session with a lap time of 1:33.232. His teammate finished on P5, 0.813 seconds slower than Lewis.
“It was pretty cold out there on the track today, but at least the sun came out. The first session was interesting as we tried the 2020 tyres. FP2 was more of a normal session and it actually went quite smoothly. The track is very bumpy this year – bumps can add character to a circuit, so I’m not a fan of completely smooth circuits, but the bumps here are just massive.” Said the British driver.
As we all saw during the first and second practice sessions, the Circuit of The Americas has a lot of bumps, some of them very big. So, as Lewis said, the conditions of the track could make the next sessions a little bit more interesting.
“The problem for the drivers is that we don’t have really much suspension, it doesn’t really move very much, so it feels like sitting straight on the floor and your spine takes a lot of compression. The bumps felt pretty bad in FP1, but we made some changes to make it feel a little bit better for the afternoon session.”
“I’m looking forward to the weekend – I love this track in general and the car felt fairly decent today. However, we’ve still got a lot of work to do, so we will dig through the data tonight and hopefully we can be strong tomorrow.”
The British driver seems to be very confident and this weekend, Lewis can be crowned as a six-time-world-champion of Formula 1. Will he win it? Will Bottas fight for it?