An encouraging start to the United States Grand Prix weekend saw Sergio set the pace for Red Bull Racing in Austin.
Both Red Bull and Scuderia AlphaTauri were carrying the Acura name on their rear wings at Circuit of the Americas, and the two teams got down to work on a warm and humid Friday with plenty of running in FP1.
Max was third quickest ahead of Pierre in sixth and Sergio in seventh, with the Mexican being caught in a misunderstanding with Mick Schumacher that saw light contact at Turn 12. That incident didn’t hamper Sergio’s running too much, and both drivers were cleared of any wrong doing after the session.
No driver completed more laps than Yuki in FP1 as he got up to speed with what is another new circuit for him and he improved by a full second in the afternoon session as he moved up to 16th in the final classification.
On that occasion Yuki was just four places behind Pierre in 12th, with Max eighth quickest after a number of his laps were interrupted by traffic. But Sergio topped the times in FP2 by over a quarter of a second, leading the way at the end of F1’s first day of running in Austin since 2019.
With plenty of data from all four cars we will now work to find further gains overnight ahead of Saturday’s qualifying session, with temperatures forecast to climb even further over the remainder of the weekend.