US GP: McLaren looking strong on Friday

“We look to be in a good shape going into Saturday” Fernando said as he took 7th in a dry FP2 session.

“We lost the first session this morning because of an hydraulic issue, which was quite painful because we had several items to test, including for next year. We tried to catch up in the second session but it was difficult, so I think we’ll try them again in Mexico.

“I believe there’s still quite a bit to get out of the car – still some tenths to find, which I think probably everyone will find.

“We know Verstappen and Hulkenberg have penalties, so if we manage to get into Q3 tomorrow, we’ll be able to start from an even better position. But if we don’t make it into Q3, and we can start eighth or ninth on new tyres, it could be very good too.

“It’s nice to drive on this track with this year’s cars. It’s much more fun, especially through the fast corners in the first sector. There are many more bumps than last year, so we’re holding tight on the steering wheel and with the seatbelt tightly fastened. But it’s fun!”

Formula 1 2017 United States GP Free Practice Two Results
# Driver Time Gap Laps
1. Lewis Hamilton 1:34.668 26
2. Max Verstappen 1:35.065 +0.397s 30
3. Sebastian Vettel 1:35.192 +0.524s 11
4. Valtteri Bottas 1:35.279 +0.611s 39
5. Daniel Ricciardo 1:35.463 +0.795s 24
6. Kimi Räikkönen 1:35.514 +0.846s 29
7. Fernando Alonso 1:36.304 +1.636s 28
8. Felipe Massa 1:36.460 +1.792s 30
9. Sergio Perez 1:36.481 +1.813s 28
10. Esteban Ocon 1:36.490 +1.822s 34