Lewis kicked off the penultimate race weekend of the season with a P6 and a P4 in Austin, Texas. "First of all, I want to say that it's great to be back here in America - this track and city are just such a beautiful place to be racing, and especially with the support from all the fans we saw out there today," said Lewis. "The circuit was quite green today, which made it pretty slippery out there as we are using the two hardest tyre compounds this weekend."
Lewis covered 59 laps of the 5.513km circuit altogether in the two practice sessions. "After we changed the chassis yesterday, the car felt better to drive, particularly on the long run when it was pretty consistent, so that's a positive for me. The option tyre is working well for a long stint, which may open up some possibilities for us with race strategy," added Lewis. "It was a pretty straightforward day although we still have some work to do to nail the set-up because it's not quite there yet. But all of us in the team are focused on ending the season on a high and taking that foundation with us into the winter."