Hamilton eyes Rosberg challenge at Turn 2

By on Saturday, October 10, 2015
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Lewis Hamilton says that his prime chance of taking the lead of the Russian Grand Prix may come on the approach to the first braking point at Turn 2.

Hamilton qualified in second place for the race at the Sochi Autodrom, with Nico Rosberg securing his second successive pole position.

Last year, Rosberg challenged pole sitter Hamilton on the run to Turn 2 but locked up and ran wide, handing the initiative back to the Briton.

"Everyone was in the same position today with the limited practice," Hamilton said. "I didn't get a hooked-up lap together but Nico did, so well done to him.

"It's going to be a long race tomorrow though, so hopefully I might have a chance. There's a long run down to Turn 2, so we'll both be studying the line to take tonight.

"Maybe I can get a good start, we'll see. We haven't done a lot of laps, so I'm not really sure what our pace is like compared to the others. Our goal in the race as always is to finish well for the team, so we'll be trying to do that."

Rosberg is anticipating a 'great' battle with Hamilton during Sunday's race.

"We had to guess what the right set up for this track will be," he said. "But we nailed it and had a nearly perfect lap in my first run in Q3.

"So I'm quite pleased with that. I'm in the best possible position for tomorrow, which is great. I really hope for a clean race, it will be a great battle with Lewis."

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