Austin, 15 November – Conditions for the second session were much warmer than in the foggy morning and lap times came down considerably by the end of it. Fernando Alonso was tenth fastest, two places higher than Felipe Massa. The Spaniard completed 33 laps, with Felipe doing 37.
The lack of laps in the morning did not have any repercussions on the afternoon programme, which saw both Alonso and Massa start on a set of Hard tyres. The Spaniard did 8 laps on this set, ending up sixth in 1.38.827, while Massa did 11 with a best time of 1.39.616.
Back in the garage, the two F138s continued with the usual Friday afternoon programme, fitting the Mediums for a qualifying simulation, which ended with Alonso posting a 1.38.461 and Massa a 1.38.938. Neither man managed to improve on that with the second sector proving to be the most problematic.
The last 30 minutes were given over to a race simulation, with both men also do practice pit stops and starts. The times over the long run were good, especially on the Medium tyre. Sebastian Vettel was fastest for Red Bull in 1.37.305.
United States GP – Fits and starts
Austin, 15 November – The first free practice session for the United States Grand Prix, the penultimate round of the championship was first delayed and then featured another pause, adding to a total delay of 30 minutes delay, because of fog. The rules state cars cannot run if the Medical Helicopter cannot fly and that was the case this morning at the Circuit of the Americas. Quickest in the shortened session was Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari, who completed 16 laps, the best in 1.38.343, ahead of Jenson Button in the McLaren (1.38.371) and Valtteri Bottas in the Williams (1.38.388.) In the other F138, Felipe Massa was seventh in 1.39.005, running two sets of the Hard tyre, as did his team-mate. The two men ran different aero set-ups, as they worked on finding the best set-up for the Texan race on a weekend where, as predicted by the local forecast, temperatures are set to rise over the course of the next couple of days.