Lewis Hamilton has been warned of the temperature-related issues that could be facing Mercedes and their rivals in Las Vegas.
Explaining the state of play, head of trackside performance Riccardo Musconi said: “It’s a completely new ball game. We have tried to gather as much information as I am sure every other team has tried to.
“We have models of the track in the simulator, we have gathered other information and pictures of the tarmac and so on. The weather is going to play a big part too. It is quite cold at this time of the year in Vegas, especially [with] the sessions happening around midnight.
“We will have the softest selection of tyres in Vegas. That is adding an extra dimension to the problem. The truth is every team to some degree will venture into the unknown because we don’t have any previous data.
“The preparation work we are conducting at the factory will have to cover different dimensions, different aspects of it and more than we usually do for other tracks.”