Report – Scuderia Ferrari secured places on the third and fourth rows of the grid come the end of qualifying for the United States Grand Prix, at the Circult of the Americas. Fernando Alonso will set off to tackle tomorrow’s 56 race laps from sixth place (1.37.610) alongside Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull. The Spaniard will have Kimi Raikkonen right behind him, given that although the Finn qualified ninth in 1.37.804, he moves up one place as Jenson Button (McLaren) has a gearbox change penalty.
Only four cars went out at the end of Q1 and Q2, as there were only 18 cars on track and Fernando and Kimi got through without any particular problems, although in Q2 the Finn had to use an extra set of Soft tyres.
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m37.244s||1.177s|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m38.554s||–|
|13||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m38.598s||–|
|14||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m39.250s||–|
|17||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m38.699s||–|
|18||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull/Renault||1m39.621s||–|
Button: Five places for gearbox change
Kvyat: Ten places for engine component change
Vettel: Pitlane start for taking sixth power unit
Kimi Raikkonen: “The behaviour of my car was better today than yesterday and I was reasonably happy with the balance, even if I still didn’t manage to put together a good enough lap to be higher up the grid. For some reason, we haven’t managed to fix a problem with the front end. In all sectors of the track the car tends to slide causing a lot of understeer. Unfortunately, this is a very limiting factor and not ideal. But as usual, tomorrow in the race, we will try our best to get the most out of what we have to work with. I am sure that by continuing to work, improving day by day, we will soon find a solution.”
Pat Fry: “The increase in temperature from free practice three meant that, in qualifying, it was as warm as the averages expected for tomorrow and produced an improvement in both the behaviour of the car and the performance of the tyres. Unfortunately, we struggled to get the Mediums up to temperature in Q1, while on the Softs, we were more or less where we should be on the first lap. As was the case in Sochi, tyre performance will play a key role here in Austin, even if the scenario is very different: we expect the soft compound to show quick degradation, while the harder one should allow us to run a more extended stint. However, during the race it will be very important to manage both compounds, because graining could severely affect performance. The start, reliability and pit work will be the factors on which to build our race tomorrow, as we try and gain some places.”
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