Lewis Hamilton: “It’s been a great first day”

Lewis Hamilton - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Lewis Hamilton ended both free practice sessions on Friday at Silverstone on top, and felt it was a fantastic day at the home of British Motorsport and the birthplace of Formula 1.

The Briton beat Mercedes AMG PETRONAS team-mate Nico Rosberg by just 0.033 seconds in opening practice, and with the German sidelined for second practice, was 0.391 seconds clear of Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo.

Hamilton still feels there is work to be done overnight to keep hold of the advantage, with the W07 Hybrid looking to be dominant car once again this weekend.

“It’s been a great first day,” said Hamilton. “Lots of positive steps forward with the balance of the car.

“It’s incredibly gusty out there, which is one of the awesome challenges of this circuit. Coming through Maggots and Becketts then down through Stowe, I was actually yelling in my helmet, it’s that exciting! What a great combination of corners – particularly when the wind is blowing in the right direction.

“Today we had a bit of a head wind and it just felt epic through there – one of the most fun rollercoaster rides you can imagine. We’ve still got work to do as our ultimate pace could be better. But the long run was good, so if we can keep the car in that window we’ll be in a strong position.”