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Lewis Hamilton – “The car felt better than it did in Mexico”

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Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport‘s Lewis Hamilton was happy with the first day of the Brazilian Grand Prix despite not topping either of the sessions.

The first session of the day saw the Brit complete twenty-eight laps with a best time of 1:09.107 on two sets of Supersoft tyres.

During the second session he set a time of 1:08:849 to finish second behind team-mate Valtteri Bottas after 43 laps on a split of Supersoft and Soft tyres.

“It’s been a relatively normal day, we got through everything we needed to.” said Hamilton. “The car felt better than it did in Mexico, but we are still working our way through some issues.

“The pace doesn’t seem too bad, so we just have to keep working on it and improving it.”

While Hamilton is happy with the progress of the set up, he did admit that the weather made it tricky at times.

“In Free Practice 2, it was quite windy and very gusty through the corners, which meant that the car was actually quite tricky to drive.

“There’s rain forecasted for tomorrow, but I love driving in the rain, so that wouldn’t be a problem. We just need to make sure that we are quick enough in the dry.”

0.096 seconds and 0.073 seconds covered the top three drivers in the two sessions and Hamilton knows that there is a very fine margin at the top of the time sheets.

“It’s very close between all of us at the front, but I think there’s more potential in our car, so we just need to try and squeeze it out.”

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