23 October

2015 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, Free Practice Report

Sahara Force India completed limited mileage during today’s free practice sessions with poor weather forcing the cancellation of the afternoon session.

Nico Hülkenberg VJM08-03
FP1: 1:57.518 (P14) 4 laps
FP2: Session cancelled

Nico: “When the track conditions are so poor, there is little value in running. We did a few laps but the grip was nowhere and there was no way we could collect any usable data. Tomorrow is likely to be very wet as well so there is a chance we will get to the race with very little information about the tyres and the set-up. If this is the case, it will be all about learning as we go, adapting quickly and making decisions based on the information we have. We have done that before when the circumstances were similar and I’m confident we can be competitive regardless of the amount of preparation.”

Sergio Perez VJM08-02
FP1: 1:57.139 (P12) 4 laps
FP2: Session cancelled

Sergio: “Since the start of the first session this morning, the conditions have not been ideal, so we have only been able to complete a handful of laps. It's a real shame for all the fans who came to see the action. At this moment, however, my main worry is for my country. Mexico is being hit by the largest hurricane in its history and all my thoughts are with my people. I am praying for everyone to be safe. We are not expecting the weather to improve tomorrow so we are looking at very limited running, but hopefully by Sunday there will be an improvement and we'll be able to produce a great race for the fans. Mixed conditions can be an opportunity for a big result: we just need to keep focused, calm and do what we have to do.”

Dr Vijay Mallya, Team Principal & Managing Director
“It is never ideal to have sessions affected by the weather in such a significant manner. Of course, the safety of everyone involved in our sport has to be considered, be it drivers, marshals or spectators, so it makes perfect sense for the second practice session to be cancelled. With more rain seemingly on the radar for tomorrow, we will need to analyse the data we have managed to gather in the limited running in FP1 and decide the best way forward. We have seen in the last two races that we can be very competitive even with limited running before the race and I’m confident we can do so once again this weekend. It's the same situation for everyone up and down the grid, so we will need to prepare best we can ahead of qualifying and aim to claim our spots in the top ten.”
posted at 22:15:00 on 10/23/15 by webmaster - Category: races