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Felipe Massa is worried about his starting position in Austin, as those cars setting off from the inside line are all expected to suffer slow getaways. Furthermore, the Brazilian – who qualified seventh – has described Saturday afternoon’s session as ‘a lottery’.
“This qualifying was pretty much a lottery: the lucky number is always the last one!” he said, having out-qualified team-mate Fernando Alonso for the second time this season.
“With this type of tyre on this asphalt, you struggle to get them up to temperature and you have to lap continuously before being able to set a good time. In Q2 we managed it, but in Q3 things did not go as well; it’s never easy to do the perfect lap with so little grip.
“It will definitely not be an easy race for us, given the grid positions of our main rivals, but we must stay focused because, all the same, tomorrow will be hard for everyone. We will have to do our utmost and then we will see how it goes.
“Starting from the dirty side of the track is definitely not helpful: it’s the first time we’re not happy about gaining a grid position (for Romain Grosjean’s penalty)!”
Title rivals Red Bull qualified first and third and could clinch both World Championship titles as Circuit of the Americas makes its race debut on Sunday.
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|3.||M. Webber||Red Bull||01:36.174||20|
|8.||N. Hulkenberg||Force India||01:37.141||20|
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