Lewis Hamilton shrugged off the tyre problem suffered by Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in second practice at the Belgian Grand Prix, saying he was more focused on closing the three-tenths gap between him and the German.
Rosberg's afternoon session ended in a high-speed spin caused by a blow-out approaching Blanchimont, but Hamilton insisted that there were no indications of a similar issue on his car, and claimed that he wasn't going to spend time worrying about it.
“Not that I know of...,” he said when asked if, having been prevented from rejoining the session on tyres of similar compound and usage as Rosberg, there were concerns in the Mercedes camp, “It's not something I've been thinking about for a while and, to be honest, I have to have trust in the car and the tyres, that they're going to hold together, and go out there and push. This is about getting the balance right and racing.”
Clearly, Hamilton's set-up wasn't perfect as he trailed Rosberg in both 90-minute sessions, but the reigning world champion admitted that there were still reasons to be cheerful.
“It was generally a good day,” he reported, “Nico is very quick, so I'll just do some work tonight and see if I can find more time, but I'm not particularly worried.
“[There were] no problems, it was great fun, and it was nice that the weather was good today as it makes it just so much more enjoyable. Eau Rouge and the whole track has such a nice flow, so I enjoyed it.”