Carlos Sainz has been slow to find the right balance and Lando Norris did not make an ideal lap this Friday in Austin.
Carlos Sainz signed the 13th time in the morning, after a spin in the series of fast turns of the first sector. He took eighth place in the afternoon. It took time to find a good balance and he was not comfortable with the 2020 tires, which Pirelli was proposing to teams on Friday.
"This Friday was a little different, with the tires for next season," explains the Spaniard. "Unfortunately, my first impression of these tires is not very positive. I feel like we had a little more trouble finding the right balance in the car this weekend. "
"It took us a few more relays to find a better compromise, but at the end of the day, we had more or less a good base. However, this weekend seems to be extremely hot and I expect an intense fight to enter the top 10. It seems difficult, but we will give everything to maximize our options. "
Norris is also expecting a disputed weekend
Lando Norris was 18th in the morning and 14th in the afternoon. He also judges the gaps very tight. The circuit is more and more bumpy, which complicates the steering.
"A tough day with all the bumps that are worse than last year, it's easy to have a touch on a wheel in the front and have a small block," says Norris. "But after this day, we have a direction to explore for tomorrow. "
"We're pretty much in the rhythm, but it's very tight. So it will take a better tour and see our level, but we have a little work. "