Last year, in Austin, Kimi Räikkönen won a brilliant victory for Scuderia Ferrari, his last with the team. Can Ferrari reoffend this year, this time through Charles Leclerc or Sebastian Vettel?
Author of the pole in Mexico City (after the penalty imposed on Max Verstappen), Charles Leclerc still can not achieve on Sunday. He is therefore expecting a lot from this Texan meeting.
"I love going to the States and the city of Austin is amazing. This is a great place and the atmosphere around the event is special, different from what we usually have. The circuit itself is also quite unique. Inspired by some of the most iconic tracks in the world, it offers us, the pilots, a daunting challenge. "
"With a long straight and many types of turns, you have to make sure you find the right balance for the car. It's also one of the few tracks to turn counter-clockwise, so everything gets a bit harder for us in the cockpit with G forces. "
For his part, Sebastian Vettel hopes to confirm his new form on the COTA, a circuit that he also appreciates a lot, but he also dreads, especially for the challenges he proposes in terms of pneumatic management.
"The US Grand Prix is set in a very different setting in Mexico City, a circuit that was at a high altitude. COTA is an exciting track, with a wide variety of cornering speeds, and a lot of directional changes. The track is quite bumpy, especially in large braking areas. So it's easy to block the tires. The strategic choices are quite open, make one or two stops seems possible. "
"It's a tricky circuit, especially to put the tires in their proper operating window. So Friday's driving will be important to understand the tires and get ready for the race. "
"Last year, the Grand Prix was difficult for everyone because no one had been able to collect useful data because of Friday's difficult weather. The weather for this weekend is dry, but also cold temperatures. "
"It should be a good circuit for us but, as we saw last year, we can not take anything for granted because the competition will be so strong. "
Mattia Binotto, the team manager, confirms the optimism prevailing in Maranello; the SF90 is now able to fight for victory on all circuits.
"We started the last six pole races, but we only had three wins. We certainly want to do better than that. We are encouraged by the fact that we now have a package that allows us to fight for victory on most tracks. This is a significant improvement over the beginning of the year. And all the credit must go back to the guys from Maranello and on the track, who worked so hard for us to return to the position that was ours at the beginning of the season (after the Barcelona trials). "
"We have to use the last three races of the season to develop more as a group and to operate in the most efficient way to prepare for next year. The gaps are very small up front, and every detail counts if we want to win more often. "
"Austin, I hope, will give us a good opportunity to do that. It's a very difficult track, with very different sequences of turns. Of course, everyone will want to look at what will happen with the tires, after the surprising longevity of the tough guys in Mexico City. As we know, any track can generate its own surprises, and our goal is to react to any situation that may occur. "
"Finally, it's always special to run in the United States, a country that has a huge history in auto sports. We won here last year, and the motivation of the team will be great to try to bring back a very good result. "