Plenty of laps and data on first day of running in Austin
Strong winds made the west wild at the Circuit of the Americas ahead of the 2014 United States Grand Prix today, however the weather didn’t derail Romain and Pastor who racked up 122 laps across both sessions in the usual evaluation programme for the team.
The morning’s running included 2015 car developments in addition to the usual programme, with Romain’s eighteenth-placed E22 sporting a new nose and an air flow evaluation kit. The Frenchman picked up plenty of data in his 26 laps, giving the team back at Enstone a healthy dose of numbers to work with.
Pastor’s E22 ran with the current nose for 28 laps and showed good pace on the way to thirteenth, providing a reference point for Romain’s changed car.
Both drivers were on the same page in the afternoon session and both ran over 30 laps each as they evaluated tyres and battled the high winds. Both cars returned to this year’s spec noses, Romain improving to twelfth after 31 laps ahead of Pastor’s fifteenth position after 37 laps.
It was an improvement on recent sessions for the team with Romain expecting further development over the weekend.
“It was a bit of a rodeo ride out there at times and we’re still working on finding the best set-up for the car today,” said Romain.
“Certainly the wind in the afternoon didn’t help us with trying to get the car easier to drive although our position on the timesheets at the end of the day wasn’t as bad as we’ve seen on occasion this season! There are a few areas we know we can change which should make an improvement so there is progress to be made.”
Pastor was similarly enthusiastic after enjoying consistent running on a track he rates highly on the calendar.
"It was great to be out on track again in Austin at the Circuit of the Americas as it really is a fantastic facility,” he said. “We worked through our usual Friday programmes and learnt a reasonable amount. The car was a little tricky at the limit as myself and Romain both found, but we expect that to improve tomorrow.”
Summarising a day’s hard work, Trackside Operations Director Alain Permane felt the two sessions provided plenty of positives.
“It was a solid day for us with a good number of laps completed and some interesting evaluations undertaken for the rest of this weekend as well as for the development of next year’s car,” said Permane. “Romain ran in the morning with a front nose concept relevant for our 2015 car whilst Pastor evaluated the latest iteration of the 2014 nose. Both cars ran reliably so it’s now the usual trawl through the data to determine the best set-ups for qualifying tomorrow and the race on Sunday.”