US GP: FP1, FP2 & FP3 Update

An update from a rain drenched FP1, FP2 & FP3 in Austin, home of the United States Grand Prix.

Austin, it's more than an exciting track. From day one we've experienced tremendous support and full grandstands. Despite having not been around for all that long, the Circuit of the Americas has swiftly established a reputation as one of the better tracks on the current F1 calendar.

Considered a pick-and-mix of features from various other popular circuits, COTA delivers exciting racing and rarely a dull moment. Combined with the vast crowd and located in a city that has genuinely embraced the United States Grand Prix, F1's week in Austin is one everyone looks forward to. Friday however, was a day of deluge rather than much in terms of on track action...

The First Free Practice session saw the cars test out the wet option tyres after a morning deluge in Austin. There was still time to get some running done of the Circuit of Americas track however with Daniil finishing the session in P2 with a time of 1:55.224, completing six laps. Team-mate Daniel was just a place back in P3, after 10 laps on the Intermediate tyre seeing him set a best time of 1:55.592. Nico Rosberg topped the session timesheet with a 1:53.989.

Friday's Second Free Practice session would initially be suspended before the Austin conditions took full hold on the Circuit of the Americas track. With lightening in the area, conditions were deemed too bad for track action to take place, seeing the session abandoned for the day. 

Despite continued wet weather in Austin, Saturday's Free Practice Three went ahead as planned with all 20 cars taking to the track for a hot lap. Dany finished in P6 with a time of 2:00.694 as he got a valuable 12 laps of wet weather running under his belt. Team-mate Daniel finished the session in P8 with a time of 2:01.008 completing 12 laps. Topping the timesheets was Lewis Hamilton with a 1:59.517.

Speaking on the day, Dany said: "There was not so much to do out there today but we did a couple of laps in FP1 which was good for me to get on the track for a bit. But in FP2 there was obviously so much rain that we couldn't even drive. We had some fun in the garage this afternoon because we didn't get out at all, it was good to spend some time with the guys but obviously we would like to drive! 

"The forecast is showing a chance of this sort of weather for a while so obviously we have to take every lap we can. It's important to make the most out of what we did this morning and we also have to be ready in the event that everything is cancelled up until the race itself. This kind of weekend usually always makes the race more interesting."

Daniel added: "This weather is beautiful for the farmers. They need some water on their dry farms. It's obviously a shame for us and the fans. I think on days like this you feel more sorry for the fans, because especially on the Friday, a lot of people take time off work to come and see us, so I feel for them. But we'll definitely race.

"We know that in these conditions we are strong. With mixed conditions on Sunday we should be okay. I like this circuit and it's one of my favourites. The car has been a lot better straight away in the last few races, so even if it's dry on Sunday I think we'll be able to attack."