In Austin, Texas, Lewis finished qualifying for the United States Grand Prix in fifth place. "That was a really tricky session this afternoon so I have to be pleased with fifth place although, of course, I'd rather have been fighting for a position on the first two rows," said Lewis. "The car was quick out there and I had a good balance but we just couldn't get the tyres to work."
Lewis secured P2 in Q1 and P7 in Q2. He achieved his fastest lap time of 1:37.345 in Q3. "The track was completely different from the final practice session this morning and it was really gusty round the back which affected our car quite a lot," added Lewis. "In practice, the car has felt really strong this weekend so I hope we have a good set-up for tomorrow. I need to have a good start in the race and, if we can achieve that, then there is still a lot to play for."