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Brazilian Grand Prix

São Paulo
12 November

Qualifying
 
  RAIKKONEN Chassis 317 VETTEL Chassis 314
Q1 P4 1:12.100 New Soft - 5 laps P5 1:12.159 New Soft - 4 laps
Q2 P6 1:12.301 New Soft - 4 laps P4 1:12.010 New Soft - 3 laps
Q3 P3 1:11.404 New Soft - 3 laps P5 1:11.495 New Soft - 3 laps
      New Soft - 3 laps     New Soft - 3 laps
Weather: air 19/21 °C, track 26/29 °C. Cloudy
Sebastian Vettel
Today my last run in Q3 was not ideal: I think third position was possible, but I was probably a bit conservative around the last corner. All in all, though, I think it was a good session: the car was behaving well, but maybe in the end I could have pulled out a little bit more out of it. Yesterday on a single lap we were not particularly strong, we struggled a bit, but I think that in the long run we were quite good: so for tomorrow, if it's dry, we should be in reasonable shape. Mercedes looked very fast also yesterday in the long runs, so obviously we'll try to stay with them but our main rival I guess will be Red Bull, which had similar pace to us today. In the race I think we're usually a little bit faster, so hopefully we can get the job done tomorrow. If it rains it will be the first time for everyone this weekend: but it is what it is, I think we have enough rain tires...

Brazilian Grand Prix

São Paulo
11 November

Free Practice
 
  RAIKKONEN Chassis 317 VETTEL Chassis 314
First Session P10 1:13.569 26 laps P9 1:13.567 24 laps
Weather: air 28/31 °C, asphalt 36/44 °C. Sunny
Second Session P8 1:13.047 24 laps P7 1:13.002 45 laps
Weather: air 32/34 °C, asphalt 48/50 °C. Sunny
Sebastian Vettel
I think it was a tricky day. The track was very slippery, the temperature hot, and I think everybody was struggling with the tires. It was a bit difficult to find the rhythm. The long run was a bit better for us: I haven't seen what the others were doing, but I felt a bit more confident with more time and more laps in the car. So in total we tried a lot of things, and now we need to go and see what actually was best. Towards the end of the day it seemed to calm down a bit more, finding the rhythm, which wasn't the case for the short run, for the fast lap, where I wasn't very happy. The good news today are that the gaps were very close. Mercedes for sure, as expected, is a bit up front: but other than that, if it stays like this, it bodes well for tomorrow.

Mexican Grand Prix

Mexico City
29 October

Qualifying
 
  RAIKKONEN Chassis 317 VETTEL Chassis 314
Q1 P2 1:19.554 New Supersoft - 5 laps P4 1:19.865 New Supersoft - 5 laps
Q2 P7 1:19.936 New Soft - 4 laps P3 1:19.385 New Soft - 4 laps
      New Supersoft - 5 laps      
Q3 P6 1:19.376 New Supersoft - 4 laps P7 1:19.381 New Supersoft - 4 laps
      New Supersoft - 3 laps     New Supersoft - 4 laps
Weather: air 18 °C, track 37/38 °C. Sunny
Sebastian Vettel
I am very disappointed, because the car is quick. Our Q2 had been a walk in the park with the Soft tires. I had a much better feeling, but then with the Supersofts we were nowhere. Yesterday we were gaining quite a lot on the Supersoft compound and today we didn't gain anything. We tried a couple of things, but in qualifying you can't turn the world upside down: so now we need to have a look and see why. Everybody improved on the Supersofts, more or less half a second - everybody except us. The car is quick, there is nothing wrong with it, and we start where the car doesn't belong. It doesn't make our race easier to start further back, but I think we still have a chance.

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