Rookie sensation, Lewis Hamilton is feeling positive following the opening day of practice for this Sunday's British Grand Prix, his first home event as a Formula 1 driver.

Although he 'only' ended the second practice session in fourth place overall, he was quickest in the first free practice and was second in the overall time sheets, his best lap a 1 minute 21.100 seconds, four tenths off Kimi Raikkonen, who won the last event in France for Ferrari.

Speaking at the end of day one, Hamilton said that they are 'going in the right direction' and unlike most of his rivals, including his McLaren-Mercedes team-mate, Fernando Alonso, he didn't seem bothered about the blustery conditions.

"It is great to be here at my first home Grand Prix and to be driving a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 car in front of all the British supporters. Today has been really positive, and the work we have done seems to be taking us in the right direction," he confirmed.

"The car feels great to drive around this track, which is one of my favourites, and I am looking forward to the rest of the weekend where I expect us to remain strong. We gathered a lot of useful data which we will look at overnight and then continue our work tomorrow."

McLaren-Mercedes team boss, Ron Dennis meanwhile was also happy, especially as his two drivers did over 120 laps between them: "A productive start to McLaren's home Grand Prix, where we did a lot of laps and completed the planned programme," he continued.

"As is often the case in the UK, the weather has proved to be less than ideal, but we will see what the rest of the weekend brings. So far so good, and we look forward to tomorrow."



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