The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS team finished Friday practice in third (Nico) and fourth (Lewis) positions this afternoon at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
"Everybody in our sport knows how important it is for us to have a strong presence in America and today once again showed that this circuit can be the perfect platform. It's an excellent facility here in Austin and it was really pleasing to see so many enthusiastic and knowledgeable fans out in the grandstands," said Ross. "On track, it was a fairly straightforward and trouble-free day of running, once we finally got underway after the fog cleared. The track and tyres seemed pretty consistent; the biggest problems came from the gusting wind which was causing a few problems. Overall, the car seems to be in reasonable shape. We completed our programme and particularly the important high-fuel running, and things looked pretty sensible all round."
Nico and Lewis posted a total of 118 laps between them which equates to 650.534km - more than twice the race distance of 308.728km.
"It was a positive, productive day. The drivers completed their programmes and the timesheets suggested we are where we would expect to be," said Toto. "We did good long runs with both cars, so we have plenty of data to analyse. Now we need to work well overnight and see where we end up tomorrow when it counts in qualifying."