“In many ways America will be the biggest challenge for us of the year,” said motorsport director Paul Hembery. “But stepping into the unknown is a situation that we are used to: last season the majority of tracks were completely new to us.
“We?óÔé¼Ôäóve chosen the hard and the medium compounds as we think it will be quite a demanding track, based on the asphalt samples and simulation data we have gathered.
“Naturally we?óÔé¼Ôäóve leaned towards a slightly more conservative choice in order to cover every possibility at a brand new circuit, but the tyre choice in Abu Dhabi was also conservative and yet we saw one of the most exciting races of the year.
“We?óÔé¼Ôäóre all absolutely delighted to be returning to America with Formula One: it?óÔé¼Ôäós a crucial market for us as well as being the home of many of the most enthusiastic fans out there. We?óÔé¼Ôäóve felt a huge buzz about this race, and with the championship so finely poised it couldn?óÔé¼Ôäót come at a better time.”
Mark Webber said: “The track looks pretty quick: it?óÔé¼Ôäós got some very fast changes of directions, left-rights and fifth/sixth gear stuff, which is not hanging around for us.
“It looks like they?óÔé¼Ôäóve done a really good job and there are lots of undulations, which is important. With a new track there are always things we don?óÔé¼Ôäót really know until we get there, such as the subtleties of the cambers of the corners, which we will find out about on Friday.”
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