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Australian Grand Prix: Hamilton buoyed by FP2 recovery

Lewis Hamilton believes he and Mercedes are in good shape for the F1 opener in Melbourne despite missing FP1
Lewis Hamilton believes he has already recovered from missing FP1 after setting the fastest time of second practice for the Australian Grand Prix.

With Mercedes tipped as the pre-race favourites, Hamilton failed to complete a lap in the first session as his car stopped on the exit of Turn 10 on his installation lap. It transpired that the problem was caused by an oil pressure alarm causing a precautionary engine shutdown, and once it was resolved Hamilton managed to complete 37 laps in FP2 and set the fastest time.

While frustrated by the early lack of running, Hamilton said the way the second session had gone so smoothly more than made up for it.

“To miss the first session is kind of unusual; I didn't even get round half a lap and I had to stop” Hamilton said. “It's a shame because there was ten or fifteen minutes when nobody was running so they could easily have brought the car back, but they're the rules.

“So I felt like I was really on the back foot already but I got up to the pace quite quickly and found the balance relatively fast as well. So I feel positive but I will have to go and look at the data and see what's happening.”

And Hamilton believes he will still be in strong shape for qualifying if he can continue his progress on Saturday.

“We got a nice foundation in FP2 and hopefully I can build on that in FP3. Then we'll see where we are in qualifying.

“It would have been great to have had FP1 but at the end of the day we got enough running thankfully in FP2 so I feel quite comfortable in the car. We've got good data and a good understanding of what's going on on the track and in the car with fuel and all that kind of stuff, so I feel positive.”



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