#F1 Practice Review: 2015 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX

Practice Review

Ambient 20° Track 21° Humidity 96% Wind 7.9m/s

Prelude

In lieu of quali today here’s today’s casual FP3 conversation.
Summary

[10/24/2015, 10:53] @mattpt55: Wow they running FP3
[10/24/2015, 10:55] RW: When will fp3 start?
[10/24/2015, 10:55] @vortexmotio:: Well it will certainly be one of the most interesting quali sessions we’ve seen.
[10/24/2015, 10:55] @vortexmotio:: 10 minute delay to FP3.
[10/24/2015, 10:56] @vortexmotio:: Per @TomClarksonF1 the teams are expecting a 10 minute delay to start of session.
[10/24/2015, 10:56] AJ: Now
[10/24/2015, 10:57] AJ: Sorry VM, missed that
[10/24/2015, 10:58] @vortexmotio:: I feel for Manor, particularly Graham, as these are similar conditions to Suzuka, which was not that long ago…
[10/24/2015, 10:58] @vortexmotio:: Emotionally, it must bring a bad taste to their mouths, so to speak.
[10/24/2015, 10:59] AP: How wet is it?
[10/24/2015, 11:00] @vortexmotio:: RW, you guys watching from the hotel room?
[10/24/2015, 11:01] @mattpt55: haha it’s not on in US
[10/24/2015, 11:01] JM: That wet
[10/24/2015, 11:03] JM: Danny Ric going for it
[10/24/2015, 11:03] AJ: Heavy rain coming in. This reminds me of Barca test I was at in 2013. Not too bad…
[10/24/2015, 11:04] @vortexmotio:: In US, coverage is in dark corners, “You can watch FP3 live on Live Extra, or via live stream at f1stream.nbcsports.com.”

[10/24/2015, 11:04] AJ: At the moment
[10/24/2015, 11:05] AJ: Concrete run off areas may be entertaining
[10/24/2015, 11:05] AJ: If someone loses it
[10/24/2015, 11:06] @vortexmotio:: So rooster tails not too large? That would be key to qualifying tactics I suppose…
[10/24/2015, 11:06] AJ: Lewis spins
[10/24/2015, 11:06] @mattpt55: rain to pick up
[10/24/2015, 11:06]@mattpt55: ROS off
[10/24/2015, 11:07] AJ: Rosberg in gravel
[10/24/2015, 11:07] @mattpt55: dmg FW
[10/24/2015, 11:07] AJ: Alonso for pole?
[10/24/2015, 11:07] @vortexmotio:: Brilliant, Matt! Thanks!
[10/24/2015, 11:07] AJ: 😉

[10/24/2015, 11:07] @mattpt55: HAM on lap VET fastest
[10/24/2015, 11:07] @mattpt55: nope HAM faster S2
[10/24/2015, 11:08] @mattpt55: HAM P1
[10/24/2015, 11:08] @mattpt55: HAM BOT VET KVY RAI
[10/24/2015, 11:09] @mattpt55: ALO not headed for P1
[10/24/2015, 11:10] @mattpt55: VET gone faster
[10/24/2015, 11:10] @vortexmotio:: Brilliant!
[10/24/2015, 11:10] @mattpt55: over 1s
[10/24/2015, 11:10] @vortexmotio:: VET, HAM, BOT, ALO

[10/24/2015, 11:11] @vortexmotio:: Wet = driver…
[10/24/2015, 11:11] @mattpt55: yellows S3
[10/24/2015, 11:11] @mattpt55: think it was VES
[10/24/2015, 11:11] @mattpt55: cleared
[10/24/2015, 11:11] @vortexmotio:: Is that Dario Franchitti doing color for Sky, or who?
[10/24/2015, 11:11] @mattpt55: totally agree
[10/24/2015, 11:11] @mattpt55: Wet always brings best drivers
[10/24/2015, 11:12] @mattpt55: Ferrari TTT
[10/24/2015, 11:12] @mattpt55: HAM to P4 and back out on track

[10/24/2015, 11:12] @mattpt55: ROS not out and rain getting heavier
[10/24/2015, 11:13] @mattpt55: VES off at 12 again
[10/24/2015, 11:13] @mattpt55: bigger dmg to ROS
[10/24/2015, 11:13] @mattpt55: having to replace some suspension parts as well?
[10/24/2015, 11:13] @vortexmotio:: Wonder if ROS broke something.
[10/24/2015, 11:14] AJ: Bloody track limits AGAIN 😂😂😂
[10/24/2015, 11:14] @mattpt55: HAM on lap
[10/24/2015, 11:14] @mattpt55: lots of rain getting heavier radio
[10/24/2015, 11:14] AJ: Hulk quicker
[10/24/2015, 11:14] @mattpt55: HAM won’t be P1 at this pace
[10/24/2015, 11:15] @mattpt55: oooh S2 not good
[10/24/2015, 11:15] @mattpt55: he’s stuck behind RSI
[10/24/2015, 11:15] @mattpt55: looks like he backed off and will have another
[10/24/2015, 11:16] @mattpt55: and he had an off

[10/24/2015, 11:17] @mattpt55: HUL to P3
[10/24/2015, 11:17] @mattpt55: LOL bet that’s why Lewis went off
[10/24/2015, 11:18] @mattpt55: Merc changing config to get more heat in tyres
[10/24/2015, 11:19] AJ: Hulk on it
[10/24/2015, 11:20] @mattpt55: HUL purples S2
[10/24/2015, 11:21] @mattpt55: ROS out on track
[10/24/2015, 11:23] @mattpt55: and P5 for ROS 1s up on HAM
[10/24/2015, 11:24] @mattpt55: oooh HUL P2

[10/24/2015, 11:24] KR: Is quali gonna happen?? I’m busy with new discs 😕
[10/24/2015, 11:24] @mattpt55: dunno
[10/24/2015, 11:26] @vortexmotio:: Only 3 sets of wets, so… if quali does happen and it’s declared wet, they need to manage their wet tires in FP3 for that, too, I’d imagine.
[10/24/2015, 11:28] @mattpt55: HAM back out half the session left
[10/24/2015, 11:28] @mattpt55: SAI P6
[10/24/2015, 11:29] @mattpt55: SAI purple S1
[10/24/2015, 11:29] @mattpt55: ooh shit HAM going even faster
[10/24/2015, 11:29] @mattpt55: into 31s for S1
[10/24/2015, 11:30] @mattpt55: and 45s S2
[10/24/2015, 11:31] @mattpt55: not quite S3 but P1 and sub 2m

[10/24/2015, 11:31] @vortexmotio:: Jazzed I chose SAI (plus both Mercedes) in office F1 pool for this race.
[10/24/2015, 11:31] @mattpt55: Vet had an off
[10/24/2015, 11:32] @mattpt55: SAI P5 right now
[10/24/2015, 11:32] @mattpt55: RIC P8
[10/24/2015, 11:32] @vortexmotio:: But a couple of others chose BOT. Might be screwed.
[10/24/2015, 11:32] @mattpt55: yellos S1
[10/24/2015, 11:33] @mattpt55: Clear was VET again into
[10/24/2015, 11:34] @mattpt55: spun coz he hit line
[10/24/2015, 11:35] @mattpt55: It’s pouring and wind picked up
[10/24/2015, 11:35] @mattpt55: getting worse next 15 minutes
[10/24/2015, 11:36] @mattpt55: ROS going to have a go
[10/24/2015, 11:36] @mattpt55: Extreme wets seem to be much improved
[10/24/2015, 11:36] @mattpt55: wow lookit MAS
[10/24/2015, 11:36] @mattpt55: almost like he’s driving on ice

[10/24/2015, 11:39] @mattpt55: HUL coming through pits and one more
[10/24/2015, 11:39] @mattpt55: only driver out
[10/24/2015, 11:40]@mattpt55: ROS didn’t set time
[10/24/2015, 11:40] @mattpt55: SO takeaways FI very good on medium and slow DF
[10/24/2015, 11:41] @mattpt55: RB not so much
[10/24/2015, 11:41] @mattpt55: also Ferrari/Merc better at controlling pwer application on throttle
[10/24/2015, 11:42] @mattpt55: means better turbo on
[10/24/2015, 11:42] @mattpt55: and ERS integration
[10/24/2015, 11:45] @vortexmotio:: VET spun 3 times in 1 lap in his last outing, while others didn’t at same time, so I wonder if that was a throttle map or hybrid map issue vs other teams.
[10/24/2015, 11:45] @mattpt55: or how much kerb he is used to taking
[10/24/2015, 11:48] @mattpt55: KVY not touching any of the lines on his lap

[10/24/2015, 11:51] AJ: COTA now saying get your arse out to circuit RW
[10/24/2015, 11:51] AP: How did macca do?
[10/24/2015, 11:52] @mattpt55: P14-P16
[10/24/2015, 11:52] @mattpt55: ALO BUT
[10/24/2015, 11:53] RW: Heading over to the track now
[10/24/2015, 11:53] @mattpt55: good luck
[10/24/2015, 11:53] AJ: How far is your accommodation?
[10/24/2015, 11:54] @vortexmotio: Pretty jazzed that SAI is fastest of Renault runners…
[10/24/2015, 11:54] @mattpt55: dad’s WRC not too surprised
[10/24/2015, 11:56] RW: What about 20 minutes away. I’ll be driving over with friends
[10/24/2015, 11:56] RW: They have a four wheel drive SUV

[10/24/2015, 12:00] @vortexmotio:: So Paddy Lowe suggests that only slim chance that FP3 will be qualifying…
[10/24/2015, 12:08] @vortexmotio: So beautiful to watch Hamilton in car from FP3… really smooth hands on every corner entry. Master class!

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