Fri: Sauber, Williams, Haas, Manor

Date published: October 21 2016

Williams Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa duo suffered an underwhelming final practice session ahead of the United States Grand Prix as they both placed P14 and P16 respectively.

Sauber:
Felipe Nasr:
“It was a positive day. I was able to get a good feeling from FP1 on. We worked through different set-ups for the car, and it seems that we are going in the right direction. So far the pace looks good, but we all know that it’s only Friday. We need to analyse all the data and see where we stand. Nevertheless, it was a good start to the weekend.”

Marcus Ericsson: “It has been not the best day for me. In FP2 I was struggling a bit with the balance of the car. Especially on the supersoft tyres, I did not get a good feeling for the car. We have some work to do for the rest of the weekend. It is positive that the other car seemed to have a good balance, so we can learn from it in order to be stronger tomorrow.”

Williams:
Valtteri Bottas: 
“Today’s practice was pretty straight forward with no problems for me. We covered all three compounds we have available here this week and did a double install with the halo device. The starting balance of the car was perfectly good, as well as the driveability, but there’s still plenty of work to do in both the short and long runs. We can make improvements in all areas I think ahead of tomorrow.”

Felipe Massa: “We were not looking as competitive in FP2 on the low fuel as we would have liked, so we need to go away and understand what needs improving. There isn’t one particular area that we need to focus on, it’s a mix of things that we need to get coming together. It will be a big fight with Force India tomorrow and we need to make improvements overnight in order to get the edge on them.”

Haas:
Romain Grosjean:
“Not a very positive day for us as we’ve been struggling with some technical problems with the car. The balance was not too bad, but we just didn’t get the performance. There will be a lot of work tonight. Looking at the data, we have to try and get the best out of the tyres. It’s such a cool track to drive, but we just didn’t manage to get it right today. Hopefully, we’ll have everything sorted for FP3.”

Esteban Gutierrez: “It wasn’t an easy day for us. Unfortunately, I had an issue with some aerodynamic parts. It disrupted our program as you get a shift on the car balance, which is obviously not ideal to get a reference and work on the setup. We’re investigating this, but we believe it’s down to vibrations. We now have some work to do to put the car together and try to optimise what we have at the moment. We’re going to be working very hard tonight with everything that we have. Hopefully, tomorrow is going to be a better day for us.”

Manor:
Esteban Ocon:
“Yes, I really like it here. This morning we worked through the usual programme of circuit familiarisation and setup work, then this afternoon it felt like we were really up to speed, which I think came through in my lap time. I made a small mistake and spun, but otherwise I’m pretty happy with how things are going here. I’m looking forward to rolling everything we’ve learned today into qualifying now. It’s looking good so far.”

Pascal Wehrlein: “It was a pretty condensed and fast-moving session but on the whole, the afternoon went well. We made good progress up to my Supersoft run, then on the out lap the red flag came out and on the second run my tyres were not up to temperature and I ran into traffic. So, not the best, but as I say, the rest of the programme was good.”