Hamilton confident on race prospects

By on Friday, October 26, 2012

Lewis Hamilton has said that the Indian Grand Prix should be a close race, although his McLaren team will need to work on improving qualifying pace.

The Brit was seventh in second practice, having completed thirty-eight laps.

"The car felt quite good, but to get the best from the tyres each lap wasn’t so easy. We’re not quite quick enough yet, but tyre durability and our long-run pace both looked quite good. In fact, I was very happy with the long run. If we continue in that direction, we’ll hopefully be strong in the race", he said.

"“I think we’re probably quick enough to qualify third or fourth fastest at the moment, but, to go for pole, we’re going to really need to push hard in our development work tonight".

"It looks like it’ll be another close race."

Team mate Jenson Button was less than satisfied after a couple of issues.

"Our lap-times in the first session were okay, but we couldn’t really get the Option [tyre] working in FP2 – perhaps that was down to a temperature issue", he said.

"Then I had a gearshift problem during my long run in the afternoon. The team is currently looking into it – hopefully, we’ll have it sorted by tomorrow".

Button agrees with Hamilton that qualifying could be McLaren's weak point, but reckons the circuit should be good for overtaking.

"We’re still a few tenths shy of the very fastest cars, but I think we’re more competitive on long runs than we are on short runs, where we’re slightly struggling to get the tyres working. Fortunately, this is a good circuit for overtaking, but our aim is obviously still to qualify as close to the front as possible", he said.

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