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United States Grand Prix

Austin Texas
21 October

Free Practice
 
  RAIKKONEN Chassis 317 VETTEL Chassis 314
First Session P4 1:39.407 21 laps P8 1:39.988 15 laps
Weather: air 20/23 °C, asphalt 24/30 °C. Sunny
Second Session P10 1:38.865 31 laps P4 1:38.178 35 laps
Weather: air 25/27 °C, asphalt 37/40 °C. Sunny
Sebastian Vettel
To be fair, It was a tough day. This morning we had some problems with a little wing that failed and came off, so we lost some track time, which was a bit "costy" for the afternoon because we couldn't re-balance the car. We are a bit on the backfoot today and I am not entirely happy with the car balance yet; it is a little bit too nervous, but I think for tomorrow we can improve. On Friday usually you don't see the full picture, so hopefully tomorrow we will be a lot stronger. Today the Red Bulls were very quick, there is no doubt, but I still think we have a chance. It's Friday and I wouldn't worry too much. You never know what the others are doing, we knew about ourselves, but we didn't have the best day. For sure it will be very close with them and it will be difficult to match them tomorrow with the speed that they showed today, but I think the Ferrari you saw today is not the Ferrari you will see tomorrow.

Japanese Grand Prix

Suzuka
9 October

Race
 
  Pos. Time Gap Laps FL Lap
RAIKKONEN 5th 1:27:11.703 + 28.370 53 1:35.990 33
  1st stop Lap 12 New Hard
  2nd stop Lap 26 Old Hard
VETTEL 4th 1:27:03.602 + 20.269 53 1:35.118 36
  1st stop Lap 12 New Hard
  2nd stop Lap 34 New Soft
Weather: air 23°C, asphalt 25 °C. Clear skies
Sebastian Vettel
We had a very good start and made good progress in the first two laps, passing Ricciardo and Perez, then we were faster than Verstappen. I think today we had the second fastest car. So it was a question of time, but obviously Max came in as soon as he could to maintain track position, which worked well for him. We tried to go on the softer tire in the end, which initially we thought would work well, but then we had too much degradation and we were falling off this group. It is always easy to criticize, and I am sure there are many 'experts' that knew better, but on the pitwall as well as in the car, I was keen to go for this strategy so to extend the second stint. It's a fact I lost big chunks of time with the blue flags. I always got the lapped cars right in sector one, when they can't move, so I was losing a lot of time, and there's probably where I lost track position to Lewis, who always seemed to clear the lapped cars in the straight. But then the pace wouldn't have probably been enough to challenge for the podium.

Japanese Grand Prix

Suzuka
8 October

Qualifying
 
  RAIKKONEN Chassis 317 VETTEL Chassis 314
Q1 P2 1:31.674 New Soft - 3 laps P1 1:31.659 New Soft - 3 laps
Q2 P4 1:31.406 New Soft - 3 laps P3 1:31.227 New Soft - 3 laps
Q3 P3 1:30.949 New Soft - 3 laps P4 1:31.028 New Soft - 3 laps
      New Soft - 3 laps     New Soft - 3 laps
Weather: air 24 °C, track 26 °C. Overcast
Sebastian Vettel
It has been a great result for us as a team; as for myself, obviously I messed up a bit in Q3 with the last sector, and lost a bit too much time. But, all in all, it has been a very good qualifying, our car has been handling well all through the sessions, due to a combination of many things, and it's satisfying to be with both cars ahead of the Red Bulls. For sure, tomorrow I'll have to start a bit further back because of the grid penalty, but this is what it is, we take it. Even so, I think the speed will help us to come back and then we'll see what we can do. I think it will be a close fight. Much will depend on how people handle their tires, because in the first stint everybody starts on the same compound, then we see how the strategies develop.

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