Pirelli: More rain expected over the course of the weekend

Nico Rosberg goes fastest for Mercedes in FP1 on Cinturato Green intermediate tyre.

Pirelli: More rain expected over the course of the weekend
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W06
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W06
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W06
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W06
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W06
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W06
Heavy rain falls on the circuit, cancelling FP2
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 Team
The Mercedes AMG F1 W06 of Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 is prepared in the pits
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 with fans

Austin, October 23, 2015 – For the third race in succession, Friday’s free practice was characterised by rain, with FP2 cancelled due to the conditions making medical helicopter coverage impossible.

During FP1, both the Cinturato Blue full wet and Cinturato Green intermediates made an appearance at the Circuit of the Americas, with Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg going fastest by more than a second on the intermediate tyre, followed by two Red Bulls. Having started the session on the full wet tyre, all the drivers switched to the intermediate by the end as the track dried.

However, the rain intensified during the afternoon, causing the cancellation of FP2 after a lengthy delay to see whether or not conditions would improve.

Pirelli also launched an innovative social media voting campaign today, inviting people to vote for which colour they would like the new ‘ultrasoft’ tyre proposed for 2016 to be. To vote, just visit Pirelli Sport’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram channels.

Paul Hembery, Pirelli Motorsport Director: “We saw another wet Friday, which ultimately led to the cancellation of FP2: something we haven’t experienced yet and a factor that certainly puts the teams on the back foot going into tomorrow. However, it’s obviously just one of those weather events that is exceptional and under nobody’s control. From what we hear, more rain is expected so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

In the morning, the teams were able to complete the usual long run preparations, as well as looking at crossover points between wet and intermediate, which could be important for the race. Interacting with fans has always been very important to us, so as we all hope for more action tomorrow, we’re very pleased to launch our latest social media campaign today that allows people to get involved by voting for which colour they would like our new ‘ultrasoft’ tyre to be. We’re looking forward to hearing everybody’s feedback.”

FP1:     FP2:
1.Rosberg 1m53.989s Inter used Cancelled
2.Kvyat 1m55.224s Inter used  
3.Ricciardo 1m55.592s Inter used  

Tyre statistics of the day:

  Soft Medium Intermediate Wet
kms driven * 0 0 1064 82
sets used overall ** 0 0 19 13
highest number of laps ** 0 0 19 3

* The above number gives the total amount of kilometres driven in FP1 and FP2 today, all drivers combined.
** Per compound, all drivers combined.

Pirelli fact of the day:

Lewis Hamilton stands on the brink of a third world title this weekend, and if he achieves this, he will become the first British driver to successfully defend a Formula One drivers’ title. In total, 15 British drivers have won the title since the world championship commenced in 1950, but none of them ever won a title back-to-back.

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