Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso completed practice for the Turkish Grand Prix satisfied rather than confident after a stunted day of running around Istanbul Park.

Stung by Ferrari's scintillating pace in the morning, Hamilton in particular struck back in the afternoon by claiming the fastest time of that session and in turn scoring the third fastest lap of the day.

However, even that lap was half a second away from Raikkonen's best and it came after the Brit had sat out much of the first session with a clutch problem.

Nonetheless, the championship leader was pleased with the progress made over the course of the day and was feeling encouraged about what qualifying could bring.

"I am happy with the performance so far, especially as the conditions today were not ideal. It is a shame that both sessions were interrupted, however the work we did was productive and we made some good progress."

Alonso had a tougher day meanwhile, proving 1.2secs off the pace in the morning, before settling for the sixth best lap in the afternoon, four tenths behind Hamilton. Nonetheless, the Spaniard blamed windy conditions for his failure to star and was promising that there is plenty more speed to come from him.

"Track conditions were a bit of a problem today. It was slippery this morning when we first went out, but we made some adjustments and that seemed to make a difference.

"Then this afternoon it was very windy, and we started to suffer a little from understeer, which we will work on overnight. We are definitely among the strongest here, but as expected it will be a tough fight with Kimi and Felipe."

 

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