Sebastian Vettel said the blustery conditions meant he continued to “lack rhythm” in Austin this weekend, but was happy to recover so that he could join Lewis Hamilton on the front row.
Vettel’s running at the Circuit of The Americas has been disrupted by various set-up changes, forcing Ferrari to change the chassis of his car ahead of qualifying on Saturday.
The German continued to struggle as he felt the full force of the wind throughout qualy, but improved by half a second on his final hot lap in Q3 to split the two Mercedes – yet he was no match for Hamilton, who was two tenths quicker.
“I’m very happy in the end but I was lacking a bit of rhythm with the wind,” Vettel said after qualifying.
“But I got it right when it mattered at the end. It’s important to get the front row because I believe our race pace is really good.
“In Qualy all year we have been just a little bit behind. Congratulations to Lewis he did two good laps but I’m looking forward to tomorrow.
“We go day by day. We lacked a bit of running yesterday but today was better. The race is tomorrow. It’s a great track so it should be a good day.”
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