Round 18 United-states

  • Friday practice at the United States Grand Prix took place in tricky conditions with heavy rain affecting both sessions in Austin.


CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS, United-states, October 19, 2018

Friday practice at the United States Grand Prix took place in tricky conditions with heavy rain affecting both sessions in Austin. Ahead of the weekend, we decided to introduce power units with minor modifications for both drivers at this race, with Pierre using his new engine throughout Friday. As a result, plenty of running was carried out in both sessions as he finished 13th in FP1 and then set the second fastest time in a very wet second practice. Test driver, Sean Gelael was in Brendon’s car for the opening session and completed the most mileage as he got to grips with the wet conditions before handing it back for FP2. In the second session, Brendon - like Pierre - used a new set of intermediate tyres and was sixth fastest overall, also with the most mileage of any driver. We will now install the new power unit in Brendon’s car overnight ahead of final practice on Saturday.


“As confirmed this morning, Gasly’s car was fitted with a new PU for this event and, also as planned, we will change the PU in Hartley’s car tonight. This will involve grid penalties for both drivers but it’s the best strategy from a team perspective for the last few races. The rain meant we ran a completely different programme to a normal Friday and in FP2, the car balance was a good step forward from the morning session and overall the package seems well suited to this track. We look forward to running in better weather tomorrow.

Both drivers will have new PUs this weekend: in the case of Gasly the new unit is already in the car. With Hartley, he will start the weekend with a previously used PU and it will be replaced with a new unit on Friday night. On both cars, the new units will feature minor modifications to the specification when compared to that used in the Japanese GP. After examining the PUs used in Suzuka, we had some concerns and so we have decided to make these changes, which we believe is the best strategy for Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda for the remaining races of this season.”

“It was a positive day today. In the morning we struggled a bit to make the Intermediate tyres work properly, but then we made some changes for FP2 and they seem to work much better. This afternoon I felt very good with the car and I really enjoyed driving in the wet conditions, especially on this amazing track, which in the rain is super exciting! Even if we didn’t run much, I really liked the general feeling and the performance was there. Although not everybody went out, it’s always nice to see us so high on the time sheet. Considering the penalty we will receive, which will see us start from the back, we now have to focus on having the fastest possible car for Sunday’s race.”

“Missed today’s morning session but I got some wet running in the afternoon and everything went pretty smoothly. I had the same issues as they had this morning, but the other car looked really exciting in terms of performance with the new engine and new aero package. I had the old aero package today, but if Pierre’s performance is anything to go by, it looks quite promising for the future.”


Formula 1 World Championship Grand Prix 2018
Round 18: United-states

 Practice 1

1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
6 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari
7 Carlos Sainz Renault
8 Romain Grosjean Haas
9 Charles Leclerc Sauber
10 Marcus Ericsson Sauber
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren
12 Lando Norris McLaren
13 Pierre Gasly Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda
14 Sergio Perez Force India
15 Sergey Sirotkin Williams
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas
17 Esteban Ocon Force India
18 Nico Hulkenberg Renault
19 Lance Stroll Williams
20 Sean Gelael Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda

 Practice 2

1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2 Pierre Gasly Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull
4 Fernando Alonso McLaren
5 Nico Hulkenberg Renault
6 Brendon Hartley Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda
7 Marcus Ericsson Sauber
8 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
9 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari
10 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
11 Charles Leclerc Sauber
12 Lance Stroll Williams
13 Sergio Perez Force India
14 Esteban Ocon Force India
15 Sergey Sirotkin Williams
16 Carlos Sainz Renault