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Mexican Grand Prix

Mexico City
28 October

Free Practice
 
  RAIKKONEN Chassis 317 VETTEL Chassis 314
First Session P3 1:21.072 19 laps P2 1:20.993 23 laps
Weather: air 13/14 °C, asphalt 14/19 °C. Overcast
Second Session P4 1:20.259 37 laps P1 1:19.790 47 laps
Weather: air 17 °C, asphalt 25/27 °C. Clear skies
Sebastian Vettel
Overall it was a good day: the car seems to work, not only judging from the result but also as an overall feeling. The pace was there not only for one lap, but for all the laps we have completed. Also, we were always ahead of schedule leaving the garage, which is not always the case. For sure it is nice to be first in the time sheets, but this doesn't mean anything on Friday. If we are in the same position tomorrow afternoon, then we can be happy. Anyway, I felt that I was in Mexico city, not on the race track, with all the traffic! I think everybody was fighting with the same problems, trying to make the tires last, especially the Supersofts. I didn't have successive laps because I had so much traffic, but overall the pace was good, which is the most important thing. I think we can still improve for tomorrow and go from there.

United States Grand Prix

Austin Texas
23 October

Race
 
  Pos. Time Gap Laps FL Lap
RAIKKONEN DNF 1:07:32.749 - 38 1:41.841 26
  1st stop Lap 8 New Soft
  2nd stop Lap 24 Old Supersoft
  3rd stop 38 New Soft
VETTEL 4th 1:38:55.752 + 43.134 56 1:39.877 55
  1st stop Lap 14 New Soft
  2nd stop Lap 29 New Medium
  3rd stop Lap 53 Old Supersoft
Weather: air 28/29°C, asphalt 36/39 °C. Overcast
Sebastian Vettel
Overall today was a better day than yesterday, it was a good race. The start was not so good and into turn 1 I was quite lucky, given that somebody was hitting me, I think it was Nico Hülkenberg.

Luckily nothing was broken so I could carry on. Then the pace was good, we were looking after the tires, so we could go longer than other people.
The race was a bit different than we expected, we got a present from Max today but unfortunately also Kimi had some problems and had to retire. It could have been a good performance for the team with both cars in the points.

Mexican Grand Prix

Mexico City
30 October

Race
 
  Pos. Time Gap Laps FL Lap
RAIKKONEN 6th 1:41:20.778 + 49.376 71 1:22.512 47
  1st stop Lap 20 New Medium
  2nd stop Lap 45 Old Medium
VETTEL 5th 1:40:58.715 + 27.313 71 1:22.497 61
  1st stop Lap 32 New Medium
Weather: air 19/22°C, asphalt 42/50 °C. Sunny
Sebastian Vettel
Today I think we did everything right, we had a very good pace. I think we could have even done better with a better position in Qualifying, but we can't change yesterday. We were very positive going into the day today, we knew that the speed was there, so we had good confidence for the race. We made the tires last longer than anybody else. We were quicker, so we put Verstappen under pressure: for sure it was not easy to pass, but he did a mistake, cut the track and didn't give the position back even if he was told to do so. About the fight with Daniel: I respect him a lot, it is never ideal when you touch. On my defense, I was fighting hard, and trying to give him some space, which I think I did.

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