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Verstappen optimistic after Friday practices

AUSTIN, TEXAS - OCTOBER 21: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of USA at Circuit of The Americas on October 21, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool.

Max Verstappen believes that his car was in a “decent window” during Friday practice sessions at the Circuit of The Americas.

Verstappen was 2nd in FP1 in Austin, 0.224 seconds behind leader Carlos Sainz. After the session, the Dutchman told the team that he “had no front end in low speed”.

Later in the day, Verstappen was in P7 in FP2 where drivers were testing the prototypes of the 2023 tires. Despite the results, he was optimistic.

“FP1 was quite good,” he said.

“We tried a few things to the car and immediately we were there, so that was very positive.

“We knew FP2 was going to be different, and also they gave me the C1 tire, which we’re not even using here, so it was very hard.

“A bit difficult to get a proper read on it, but at least we completed a program. We have a bit of information from FP1, and the car was already in quite a decent window.

“Should be alright, but let’s see [on Saturday] how we are over one lap, and I think the long run is a little bit more of a question mark just because we all missed FP2, but I think it’s going to be okay.”

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