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Hamilton keen to challenge for pole

Lewis Hamilton says he hopes to fight for pole in Korea despite being unable to draw many conclusions from Friday practice
Lewis Hamilton says he is confident of challenging for pole in the Korean Grand Prix, despite admitting that he wasn't reading too much into his pace-setting performance in Friday practice.

Hamilton led the way in the two wet sessions ahead of team-mate Jenson Button, with world champion Sebastian Vettel more than 1.8secs behind in third place on a day where the anticipated rain hit the Yeongam circuit.

Despite his pace in practice, Hamilton admitted there was little that the team could read into the times given the remainder of the weekend is expected to be dry, although he said he was confident of being able to challenge for pole whatever the conditions.

"Today's times don't really give us a relevant read on pace and set-up, particularly as I hear that the weather will be better for the next two days,” he said. “Still, if it rains on Sunday then I think we're in a good position – which is a positive.

“It would be great to get the pole here tomorrow: it's difficult to read too much into today's times – the lap on slicks at the end was impossible – but I think we are quick, the car is good and Jenson showed at the last race that we can be very competitive. So I have no doubt that we'll be able to challenge the Red Bulls in qualifying.

“I think we'll get a much better feel for things tomorrow.”

McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh agreed that the circuit would be a different challenge in the dry, but said the team would work through the data collected during practice to find the ideal set-up for Saturday's action.

“As we near our 700th grand prix, it's encouraging to top the timesheets – but we're under no illusions that this circuit will be very different in the dry,” he said. “The aim now for our engineers is to analyse today's data in order to best set us up for the rest of the weekend.”



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October 14, 2011 10:37 AM

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