Nico finished first practice in P5 and took P3 in the second session at Austin, Texas. "That was a crazy start to the weekend with the fog and the helicopter, which forced us to stay in the pits for quite a while this morning. This afternoon we had a very good session," said Nico. "The car felt like it was on rails and I was very happy with the balance. I hope we can give the Red Bulls something to think about this weekend and I will be pushing 100 per cent for another podium."
Nico set his fastest time of 1:37.785 minutes in FP2 at the Circuit of the Americas. "It's really difficult to get it right with the tyres here as the track surface is very smooth and the compounds are very hard," added Nico. "Therefore the tyres are lasting a long time and a lot of people will try to manage only one stop on Sunday. So it will be an exciting weekend here in Texas for the fans and it was good to see so many people out there already today."