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Hamilton: The car is almost there and the pace looks good

Lewis Hamilton: I'm pleased with what we have achieved here...
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.”



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23.05.2013- Free Practice 1, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
23.05.2013- Free Practice 1, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
23.05.2013- Free Practice 1, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
22.05.2013- Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
23.05.2013- Free Practice 1, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
23.05.2013- Free Practice 1, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
23.05.2013- Free Practice 1, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04

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Napiat - Unregistered

May 24, 2013 12:58 AM

I think Ros Brawn should make roberg and lewis come to a deal if they are in real contention for a 1-2 pole. He should tell them if they quali 1-2 or even 1-3 the person who qualis 2nd or 3rd should hold up the rest of the cars behind for the first pitstop and let the other build up a 25 second gap , this will enable one of the mercs to win if not come second which would be there best finish, at Monaco it would count. Can you imagine if they used this strategy or team orders, and Merc won the race !!!! This race is going to be a borefest anyway with hardly any overtakes outside the pits and front wings flying everywhere , such a crap street track

Dave - Unregistered

May 23, 2013 11:48 PM

I have already explained why in my post quite clearly. But since you don't appear to have read it before letting loose (does that happen a lot?), let me reiterate: I find Monaco to be the most overblown race on the calendar, yet bewilderingly the people on the tv keep telling us that it's the best. It is almost universally processional and, I suspect, only actually interesting to those who are there enjoying the non-racing entertainment too (which people watching on the tv have no access to). Therefore it would amuse me greatly to have an ridiculously processional race, with a long train of cars nose to tail for the whole thing, which it looks like the quali/race form of the Mercedes may just allow to happen. Finally those in charge might have to acknowledge to true nature of the race then, or at least they would be made to sweat a bit. Your obsession with Lewis Hamilton has you seeing me praising him in my post somehow, whereas if you'd actually read it (with your eyes) you'd see a c



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