7 June 2013
Hamilton: The car felt pretty good
Lewis Hamilton: Today has gone pretty well for us and I'm pleased that it dried out this afternoon so we could get some decent running in.
Lewis Hamilton has said his car felt 'pretty good' in practice on Friday for the 2013 F1 Canadian Grand Prix.
The Mercedes driver finished well down in the rain hit opening session, but on dry tyres in the afternoon he set the second best time - a 1 minute 14.830 seconds, only 0.012 seconds off pace setter Fernando Alonso.
“Today has gone pretty well for us and I'm pleased that it dried out this afternoon so we could get some decent running in,” Hamilton noted. “The track is definitely not at its full potential yet but we were able to start analysing the tyres over longer runs and work on getting them up to speed for the first lap.
“The car felt pretty good today and I tried a couple of different things over the two sessions which made me feel a little more comfortable so that's positive. Hopefully it will be dry for qualifying tomorrow and we can have a strong day.”
Team-mate Nico Rosberg meanwhile was seventh quickest in FP1 and fifth in FP2, his best effort a 1m 15.249s, which left him 0.419s off the sister car.
“The first session was interesting and we learned a lot when the track was drying out,” Rosberg remarked. “This afternoon, we wanted to learn how the new development tyre works: I had some problems warning up the fronts and also flat-spotted them on my run.
“All in all, it was a decent day, although I need to see how the long-run pace compared to the others. The track was very cool today and pretty challenging, but I felt very comfortable in both conditions. So hopefully this will be a good weekend for us again.”
“It was nice to get back to racing today,” added team principal, Ross Brawn, who has been embroiled in the Pirelli tyre test controversy since Monaco, “and we had a good session this afternoon in particular, completing the work we wanted to do.
“Fortunately, the circuit dried out this afternoon which allowed everybody to run the development tyres, and our first impressions were positive. We ran our normal programme when the conditions allowed, although it was somewhat abbreviated because we had to pack our work into a single session, and like our rivals we got some good high-fuel running done towards the end of the afternoon.
“Of course, today's running was not entirely representative because the conditions were cool and the track green, so that makes it an added challenge to extrapolate what we will need in terms of set-up for Sunday. That will be a nice engineering challenge, especially if it turns out wet tomorrow, as predicted.”
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