Lewis Hamilton says he lost some performance in FP2 for the Singapore Grand Prix despite being fastest in the session.

Having been second to Fernando Alonso in first practice, Hamilton went one better in the second session to top the timesheets ahead of the Ferrari. However, asked if he was comfortable with the car following Friday's running, Hamilton replied: "No I wasn't but it was a work in progress.

"We made some changes between P1 and P2, and then I don't know if there was something with the track or whatever but it was a lot harder for the balance. We'll look in to detail to see what it is, so I think we lost a bit of performance on my side particularly in that session."

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And Hamilton believes strategy is going to play a big part in Sunday's race following the one-stop Italian Grand Prix a fortnight ago.

"The long run was OK but I got a bit of traffic in between so that's not ideal because when you slow down to get the gap from that person the tyres come back a little bit. So in terms of showing how far those tyres will go maybe it's one lap less or one lap more. It's going to be hard, at least we're going to have more than one stop this weekend, which is good."

Despite not being fully comfortable with the car, Hamilton said the main importance was getting track time over the two sessions.

"It's probably a little bit more important at this circuit because it's so demanding with tyres and setup. If you lose track time it's like confidence; it's very hard to get back. So it's been good to get through the Friday with no problems and hopefully the next two days are the same."

However, the Italian GP winner believes he could have a number of challengers on Sunday if he wants to make it back-to-back victories.

"I feel good this weekend but Nico [Rosberg] is very quick as well. Also the Red Bulls, we don't know where they'll be, and also Ferrari look quite quick so we have just got to focus on our own job."

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Jenson Button:
"For me he is one of the quickest drivers ever to jump into a Formula 1 car," Button told Sky Sports F1 at Monza. "His natural ability is probably better than anyone in terms of outright speed."

Fernando Alonso:
“In my opinion,” he is quoted by La Stampa, “Lewis Hamilton is the best driver. I don't know what problems Vettel is having this year, but I have not changed my mind about him: he is not the best.”

The thing that is really funny here is that I doubt if anyone here has driven an F-1 car, period, let alone competition. Yet, in effect what they are saying is that they don't believe Button and Alonso. I find that laughable that folks here know better than the drivers that have competed against Hamilton for the last 7 years. That is the height of bull**** arrogance.

ThePaddock1:
arizona: Great job from the most gifted on the grid to get the quickest time with the car giving problems.[\blockquote]

You know what i cant stand is when the likes of you say:

"The most gifted on the grid"

"the best in the world"

"fastest man ever

"worlds greatest"

Have you ever thought about the sport as a whole and everything that happens on track and that goes on in F1 instead of just eyeing up lewis and making him out to be the best racer ever seen by anyone![\blockquote]

Jenson Button:
"For me he is one of the quickest drivers ever to jump into a Formula 1 car," Button told Sky Sports F1 at Monza. "His natural ability is probably better than anyone in terms of outright speed."

Fernando Alonso:
“In my opinion,” he is quoted by La Stampa, “Lewis Hamilton is the best driver. I don’t know what problems Vettel is having this year, but I have not changed my mind about him: he is not the best.”