Lewis Hamilton made a 'positive start' on Thursday in practice for the F1 2013 Monaco Grand Prix.
The Brit was fifth fastest in the morning session, and despite saying he wasn't happy with his one lap pace, he improved in the afternoon and finished up 'best of the rest', 0.318 seconds off his Mercedes team-mate, Nico Rosberg.
Speaking after FP2, Hamilton also added that he was happy with how his car was performing on the long runs too, something the Brackley-based squad has struggled with in recent races, with both Hamilton and Rosberg dropping back through the field as a result.
“It's been a positive start for us today and I'm pleased with what we have achieved here in Monaco,” Hamilton confirmed.
“We did some good long run work this afternoon and the supersoft tyres seem to be performing well.
“I need to improve my one lap pace however, partly with the balance of the car and partly from me. The car is almost there and the pace looks good so we'll look at the data tonight and work on those areas which can still be improved before the weekend.”
Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff meanwhile described it as a 'good solid first day' with 'lots of laps, no incidents and good lap times'.
“Nico and Lewis both looked quick and comfortable and we seemed able to keep the tyres in good condition on our long runs this afternoon,” he continued.
“Our rivals will be very strong on both Saturday and Sunday, so we will get our heads down and keep working to build on this good start.”