19 OCTOBER 2018
US GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE
First Practice Session: 1:48.847 Position: 3 Laps: 9
Second Practice Session: 1:49.798 Position: 2, Laps: 5
“These wet Fridays are always a bit boring. It was important to get out in order to understand our car better in these conditions, even if it was only a handful of laps. We tried a few things and collected some data but it is always hard in the rain to tell how the car responds to these changes. It felt pretty good at the end of the session so if it is wet tomorrow, or during the race we will hopefully be in good shape. I think after a day like this there are still a lot of unknowns, we just have to do our best tomorrow, whatever the weather and put ourselves in the best position for Sunday.”
First Practice Session: 1:49.326 Position: 4, Laps: 9
Second Practice Session: DID NOT RUN
“We would obviously have liked to run a bit more today but I a puncture in my first set of Intermediates this morning so we couldn’t use that set again. If we had used another set in FP2 that could have taken a set away from us tomorrow in qualifying, which is obviously more important than running this afternoon. If we had more tyres available, we would have seen more running. Fortunately, this morning we got a few laps in and understood a bit about the car in these conditions and we definitely felt an improvement from Monza. For sure the wet is exciting to drive in and it could change things up tomorrow, but if it’s dry I think we also have a pretty good car, so I don’t really mind what happens in qualifying. The race could be a bit more of a lottery if it’s the first dry running we get. I don’t know if Ferrari had a few struggles today but we looked to be ok. A podium would be good, in fact, a podium with a bit of brisket on the side and a cold beverage would be even better.”
Texans – we love you. It’s always a wonderful experience being here in Austin where the people are honest, charming, welcoming, generous and warm-hearted – all qualities Formula 1 has a tendency to struggle with.
So, as we continue the sport’s bridge-building in the US and in a bid to clarify things for our straight-talking hosts, here are a few things we in F1 say but which, when the data is analysed, the feedback processed and the strategy defined going forward, we might not actually mean…
1. We need to define a set of regulations that promote competition and which provide a great show – We need to put on a great show in which we win… everything, all the time, without fail.
2. We welcome the idea of cost-cutting in Formula 1 as the current situation is untenable – we like the idea of spending the same amount of money but just on new and different cool stuff.
3. This is something we have been asking about for some time and we are absolutely in favour of this clarification to the rules – unless we aren’t, we haven’t yet figured out if it means we’re going to win.
4. The negotiations are progressing well – we narrowly avoided a fist fight on the conference table.
5. The negotiations are almost complete – they brought cookies, it’s all OK.
6. Formula 1 is all about exploring new markets and we are thrilled to be going to this new race in City X – I do not know where that is.
7. We are confident that we have a budget in place to go racing next year – we’re just not sure in what series.
8. It’s an interesting idea and one we are looking at closely – I can’t work out if that’s good or bad – your body language says bad, should I go with that?
9. We are delighted to welcome driver X to the team, he’s a genuinely exciting prospect for the future – OMG that cheque cleared, let’s go shopping!
10. We now have the right technical team in place to move forward next season – I saw a new guy by the water cooler yesterday. He was wearing a Star Trek pin and had pens in his shirt pocket. I think he’s an aerodynamicist.