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Kimi Raikkonen was in full “it’s only Friday” mode after reflecting on his opening stints at the Circuit of The Americas.
Williams have been reprimanded and given a suspended 10,000 Euros fine after being in breach of the tyre rules once again in Free Practice.
Brendon Hartley is reportedly set to make his Formula 1 debut from the very back of the grid as the STR12 he will be racing required an engine change.
Max Verstappen is the third driver to be penalised ahead of the United States GP weekend with news that he’s taking a final power unit for this season.
Lewis Hamilton topped both practice sessions on Friday, with Red Bull emerging as the second quickest. Sebastian Vettel was unable to get into a rhythm due to various set-up changes.
It was the usual suspects in the midfield battle, with both Force Indias inside the top 10 and Carlos Sainz making his debut for Renault.
Daniil Kvyat was back in Toro Rosso colours after a spell on the sidelines with Brendon Hartley making his debut for the team. Haas and Sauber struggle at the back.
Talk of Max Verstappen heading to Mercedes or Ferrari will have to wait after he extended his commitment to Red Bull until the end of 2020.
Lewis Hamilton was comfortably quickest on a drying Circuit of the Americas in Friday’s first practice, half a second up on Sebastian Vettel.
Sebastian Vettel is adamant that it isn’t over until the fat lady sings, and he is determined to keep her quiet at this weekend’s United States Grand Prix.
Daniil Kvyat believes there is still time for redemption amidst reports that he could be replaced at the end of this season, or even after Austin.
Daniel Ricciardo is not at all worried about Christian Horner’s desire to “build the team” around Max Verstappen, saying they are in “different” situations.