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F1 Russian Grand Prix: Hamilton happy with his Mercedes

2008 F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton pleased with his Mercedes after the first two practice sessions for inaugural Russian Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton says he has a “very good feeling” with his Mercedes after topping the times on Friday in practice for the Russian Grand Prix.

Hamilton finished the day a massive 0.864 seconds up on McLaren's Kevin Magnussen, while team-mate Nico Rosberg was only fourth in the sister car, 0.912 seconds off the pace, although the German didn't set a representative time after making a mistake on his quick lap in FP2.

“I think it has been good [day],” Hamilton told reporters after second practice. “I generally feel comfortable on new circuits - learning them, just growing up that is just a skill you have to learn quite quickly. It is the same for everyone.

"The car has been feeling very good today [too]," he continued. “The McLarens are very close, which is good for everyone really to be having a race. The track was improving and rubbering in quite a lot. There is a nice flow that you can get on this track.

“I really enjoyed it.”

Quizzed on the McLaren threat, he added: “They had a great race in the last race and the pace was really good, especially with Jenson [Button]. Again today [they were strong].

“I don't know if they have made a step this weekend, but definitely they are looking good. But again we will see how it is tomorrow.”

Hamilton was also asked if it had helped getting back in the car and getting on with things in the aftermath of Jules Bianchi's accident in Japan last weekend.

“I have to say it wasn't easy getting in the car this morning and getting back into it all,” he stated.

“It wasn't easy,” Hamilton underlined. “But this afternoon... once you get into the flow of things and the circuit, it feels a bit more comfortable.”
by Rob Wilkins

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