Lewis Hamilton said he was surprised by his pace from the start of practice for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Hamilton was quickest in FP1 and then second fastest behind Fernando Alonso during a rain-affected FP2 which saw just 10 minutes of dry running possible. Having admitted he was late to the track having overslept ahead of the opening session, Hamilton said he was surprised by how comfortable he felt in the car from the word go.

"To be honest it felt great," Hamilton said. "I'm really surprised it started off so well really. I got in the car and thought it was about taking it one step at a time but the track is amazing, and the car is really behaving a lot better than it was last year for me."

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And Hamilton added that he feels confident heading in to the final practice session and qualifying on Saturday having got the car more to his liking this year compared to 2013.

"The car is still a work in progress but it felt really good out there today. I had a good first session and was then really pleased to get those last few laps in the dry this afternoon which was a big plus. I'm feeling pretty set for Saturday, there is still some work to do but we have tomorrow to look into that and finish all our preparations for the weekend.

"I just love racing here; this track is one of the coolest ever, and it was great to see all of the fans here already enjoying themselves. It's such a classic race, and I've been trying to win here again since 2008, so I'm hoping this is the year as we have such a great car."