Hamilton looking forward to Rosberg Monza battle

Lewis Hamilton ended both free practice sessions on Friday with the quickest time, but felt it will be a tough battle with his Mercedes AMG PETRONAS team-mate Nico Rosberg this weekend at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza.

Hamilton admitted there are still ‘small tweaks’ to be made to his car to get the set-up right, especially after he felt he had better pace in the first two sectors in the morning session compared to the afternoon.

“Today was a good day; definitely a testing day in terms of our programme, but a good one,” insisted Hamilton. “I had a bit of a break in the second session but it was just so the team could check a few spikes in the data and everything was ok in the end.

“I didn’t particularly hook up the first two sectors this afternoon they were definitely better in the morning. So, I’m sure there’s some pace to find and I’ll be looking through the data tonight to find it.

“There’s nothing major; just very small tweaks here and there which might give that bit extra. The car is feeling good and the team are doing a great job but its still very intense out there. Were working as hard as we can to keep improving and the challenge is always there no matter how fast you are.

“Now we need to keep it together through the weekend. It should be close with Nico as always so I’m looking forward to a battle.”