United States Grand Prix FP1 & FP2

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Weather
FP1: Dry, sunny, air temp 13° – 15°, track temp 14° – 21°
FP2: Dry, sunny, air temp 20°, track temp 30°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP1: KOV 1.43.443, 19th / PET 1.43.522, 20th
FP2: KOV 1.42.476, 19th / PET 1.42.846, 21st

Total laps:
FP1: KOV 28/ PET 23
FP2: KOV 38 / PET 38

Runplan – FP1
Heikki Kovalainen
0902 – 0904: Installation, 1 lap (hard tyres)
0904 – 0926: System checks.
0926 – 0948: Run 2, 11 laps (hard tyres)
0948 – 0955: Changes: front / rear anti-roll bar
0955 – 1016: Run 3, 11 laps (hard tyres)
1016 – 1022: Changes: n/a
1022 – 1032: Run 4, 5 laps (hard tyres)

Vitaly Petrov
0901 – 0903: Installation, 1 lap (hard tyres)
0903 – 0924: System checks. Changes: front wing flap angle
0924 – 0951: Run 2, 12 laps (hard tyres)
0951 – 1015: Changes: n/a
1015 – 1032: Run 3, 10 laps (hard tyres)

Runplan – FP2
Heikki Kovalainen
1301 – 1319: Run 1, 9 laps (hard tyres)
1319 – 1328: System checks. Changes: front brake blanking
1328 – 1347: Run 2, 10 laps (medium tyres)
1347 – 1355: Changes: front anti-roll bar, front wing flap angle
1355 – 1404: Run 3, 5 laps (medium tyres) – puncture ends run early
1404 – 1405: Changes: n/a
1405 – 1432: Run 4, 14 laps (hard tyres)

Vitaly Petrov
1301 – 1318: Run 1, 8 laps (hard tyres)
1318 – 1326: System checks. Changes: front wing flap angle, front torsion bar
1326 – 1344: Run 2, 8 laps (medium tyres)
1344 – 1352: Changes: n/a
1352 – 1433: Run 3, 22 laps (hard tyres – medium tyres fitted at pitstop)

Team Quotes

Heikki Kovalainen, car 20, chassis CT01-#3: “The first lap we did in FP1 was on a track that probably had less grip than anywhere else I’ve ever driven! As we’re at a new circuit that was to be expected but the track layout lived up to expectations – it’s a proper driver’s track and as it keeps evolving it’s going to get even faster which will give us a chance to really find out what it’s all about.

“In the morning session we were mainly focussed on the normal P1 program, running through baseline setups and aero work and then in the afternoon we went onto more tyre work and longer runs on both compounds. We need to work on improving the grip levels but I’m ok with where we ended up and with the amount of information we have from both sessions I think we can find more time tomorrow.”

Vitaly Petrov, car 21, chassis CT01-#2: “I’m really enjoying my time in the US! It’s my first time in America and as soon as I arrived I spent some time walking around Austin and found it’s a great city, really cool.

“In P1 We had to make a couple of minor changes to the floor but it didn’t hold up the program too much and we found an OK balance relatively early on. In the afternoon we had the first runs on the medium tyres and then put in a lot of laps on the long runs. We definitely need to do some work on how we can get more heat into the tyres and how to improve the rear of the car but we’ll work on that tonight and hopefully have a better day tomorrow.”