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Hamilton 'encouraged' after Friday practice

Lewis Hamilton: Despite the lack of running though, today was actually quite encouraging; we tested a couple of things and I managed to pick up quite a decent feeling for the car. It's going to be interesting tomorrow if it's dry, because I think our car is looking quite good.

Lewis Hamilton was feeling bullish following Friday practice for the F1 2011 British Grand Prix.

Although running was heavily disrupted by wet weather, and Hamilton was only eighth in FP1 and fourth in FP2, the Englishman felt that he had 'quite a decent feeling' with his McLaren-Mercedes MP4-26 and he reckons things are looking 'quite good' for the rest of the weekend.

“It's a shame today was so wet, because I really wanted to put on a good show for all the fans – they had to brave some pretty cold and damp conditions all day, so I'm pleased that it looks like the weather will improve for the rest of the weekend. Fingers crossed,” he said.

“Despite the lack of running though, today was actually quite encouraging; we tested a couple of things and I managed to pick up quite a decent feeling for the car.

“It's going to be interesting tomorrow if it's dry, because I think our car is looking quite good. The new rear wing also felt quite positive, but we've still got to decide whether we carry it over into tomorrow and the race itself.”

Team-mate Jenson Button however, who was 15th in FP1 and 5th in FP2, was far less chipper. Indeed he felt the conditions had made it impossible to make any proper assessments.

“Today was a bit of a frustrating day for me; we thought we'd get some good running under our belts this afternoon, but the rain meant that didn't happen, and we didn't really get a chance to evaluate everything,” Button lamented.

“The balance was okay in P1. Hopefully, it's not going to rain for the rest of the weekend, so we should be able to get a better read on how the new interpretations of the regulations will affect us from tomorrow.

“We don't really know if our new rear wing is an improvement over the older version. It has a different downforce level, but I'm still not sure what we're going to run for the rest of the weekend.”


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08.07.2011- Friday Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
08.07.2011- Friday Practice 1, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
08.07.2011- Friday Practice 1, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
08.07.2011- Friday Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
08.07.2011- Friday Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
08.07.2011- Friday Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26

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