Sebastian Vettel won the 2013 United States Grand Prix, with Romain Grosjean taking second from Mark Webber on the start. They remained in that order to the end, despite Webber’s late charge on Grosjean, though further down the order the scrapping was often briefly intense among many drivers.
Fernando Alonso says he suffered with headaches in the days after his off-track incident in Abu Dhabi – but he no longer has a problem and is not in pain in the car.
Alonso went to hospital for a checkup after the Abu Dhabi race, before being allowed to fly home. He has avoided media commitments all weekend in order to rest.
Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel served notice Friday he has every intention of going after a victory that eluded him last year and perhaps set a couple of records are still within reach during his remarkable season.
Vettel posted the fastest time in the day’s two practice sessions at the U.S. Grand Prix, driving the Circuit of the Americas in 1 minute, 37.305 seconds, topping teammate Mark Webber for a 1-2 start for Red Bull on the first day of driving.
It was quite a turnaround from the morning for Vettel, who finished a leisurely 18th in the first practice that was delayed by fog, then stopped and ultimately shortened to about half of its scheduled 90 minutes.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso posted the fastest time in the first practice session at the United States Grand Prix, followed closely by McLaren’s Jenson Button in a session first delayed by fog and then interrupted and shortened because the medical helicopter was late to arrive.
Alonso drove the Circuit of the Americas in 1 minute, 38.343 seconds. That was 0.0028 seconds faster than Button.
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, who is chasing a record eighth consecutive victory in a single season, was 18th at 1:40.662.