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F1 Mexican GP: Hamilton hoping Ferrari pace is genuine

Lewis Hamilton isn't concerned by Ferrari's free practice pace... but he hopes it and Red Bull can be a factor in Mexico this weekend.
Mexican Grand Prix - Free practice results (2)

Lewis Hamilton says he isn't worried to see Ferrari come out top of the opening day of free practice for the Mexican Grand Prix, but says its upturn in pace could be good news for him in his title fight.

Hamilton ended up 0.004secs shy of pace setter Vettel around the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit in FP2, but was a comfortable four tenths ahead of his title rival and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Indeed, Hamilton was satisfied with his pace given he failed to get the most from his super-soft tyres when it mattered, suggesting Ferrari won't have a response when Mercedes turns attentions to qualifying.

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“I didn't really get the maximum out of my lap and out of my tyres. They look like they are quite quick, they are obviously not as quick as us at the moment but maybe tomorrow will be different -- who knows.

“I think I had more time on my lap, I think my best lap was lap five or something so the tyres were old by then.”

Regardless, Hamilton is hoping Ferrari and Red Bull can ultimately be a factor in the race this weekend as they could play a part in taking point off his main rival Rosberg.

“It'll be interesting tomorrow but I hope they are in the battle with us,” he continued. It would be amazing if there were up there with us as well as Red Bull. I think Red Bull is still fast but I think that Ferrari looked like they quite quick on a single lap. I think tomorrow we will get a better understanding of where everyone stands.”

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mrfill

October 29, 2016 11:50 AM

To have any chance of the WDC, there has to be a non-Rosberg car in second place. DNFs aside, nothing else will do. Rosberg doesn't have to win any more races to get the title. Yes, it's *that* exciting



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