United States Grand Prix

Austin Texas 23 October

Race
Pos. Time Gap Laps FL Lap
RAIKKONEN DNF 1:07:32.749 38 1:41.841 26
1st stop Lap 8 New Soft
2nd stop Lap 24 Old Supersoft
3rd stop 38 New Soft
VETTEL 4th 1:38:55.752 + 43.134 56 1:39.877 55
1st stop Lap 14 New Soft
2nd stop Lap 29 New Medium
3rd stop Lap 53 Old Supersoft
Weather: air 28/29°C, asphalt 36/39 °C. Overcast
Maurizio Arrivabene
Obviously, we had hoped for a better result this weekend. Once again, though, we paid a heavy price for our qualifying position. In the race, our pace was definitely better than yesterday, and we could have fought for a podium finish. Now we move to Mexico straight away, and we will put our maximum effort and concentration into the next racing weekend.
Kimi Raikkonen
Obviously the end result of this race is far from ideal. It’s a pity because the performance of the car today was good. When we changed for Soft tires, for whatever reason I seemed to struggle. The balance was ok but I never really had the grip I was expecting. Once we went back to Supersofts the car was good again. When I left the pits after the third pit stop I slowed down a bit and asked if everything was ok because I saw some sparks coming out. At the end of the pitlane the team told me to stop. Now we have to understand what happened, the rear wheel nut had not fitted properly.
Sebastian Vettel
Overall today was a better day than yesterday, it was a good race. The start was not so good and into turn 1 I was quite lucky, given that somebody was hitting me, I think it was Nico Hülkenberg. Luckily nothing was broken so I could carry on. Then the pace was good, we were looking after the tires, so we could go longer than other people. The race was a bit different than we expected, we got a present from Max today but unfortunately also Kimi had some problems and had to retire. It could have been a good performance for the team with both cars in the points.