DAMP CONDITIONS IN THE MORNING, FOLLOWED BY DRY WEATHER
IN THE AFTERNOON AT THE CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS
MERCEDES DRIVER LEWIS HAMILTON SETS FASTEST-EVER LAP OF AUSTIN
ON ULTRASOFT, COLOURED PINK TO SUPPORT BREAST CANCER CARE
TEAMS ALSO TEST PROTOTYPE INTERMEDIATE COMPOUND IN THE MORNING
The drivers were able to test a prototype softer intermediate compound in the morning. Data has now to be analysed. These tyres used an unaltered construction.
Hamilton’s fastest lap on the ultrasofts in FP2 was also the fastest-ever lap of the Circuit of the Americas, beating the previous benchmark, which was his own pole from last year.
MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“It was very much a day of contrasts in Austin, with damp weather in FP1 followed by warmer weather in the afternoon. And of course, one of the biggest contrasts was our pink ultrasoft tyres, compared to their usual purple colour, which certainly attracted a lot of attention! The varying conditions today meant that it was quite hard to obtain consistent data, but we saw the fastest-ever lap of Austin set in FP2 using the ultrasoft despite a tricky FP1. This morning we tried out a prototype intermediate compound, which was softer than the current compound, but with the same construction. There are still some questions to be answered about how all the compounds interact with the track this weekend.”
FREE PRACTICE 1 – TOP 3 TIMES
FREE PRACTICE 2 – TOP 3 TIMES
FP1 - BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
FP2 - BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR
TYRE STATISTICS OF THE DAY
MINIMUM PRESCRIBED TYRE PRESSURES