Hamilton hails 'awesome' practice day

By on Friday, June 10, 2016
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton cut an upbeat figure as he led the way during both practice sessions for the Canadian Grand Prix.

Hamilton finished the second session at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve 0.257s clear of Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel.

The Briton secured his maiden Formula 1 victory in Canada nine years ago and has since triumphed at the circuit on three further occasions.

"It's been an awesome day," he said.

"This has always been a strong circuit for me and I'm really enjoying being back here again. I've generally been really happy with the car so far.

"The focus today has been on working hard to make sure we have a good understanding of the tyres."

Nico Rosberg was third fastest, half a second behind Hamilton, and identified tyre warm-up as a key area for improvement.

"Generally I feel good in the car," he said.

"But getting the tyres working is not so straightforward here, so that needs some further analysis tonight. I lost most of my time in the first sector - possibly because of tyre temperatures.

"So, that part of the lap is the main area to work on and find some improvement for qualifying. The long runs have looked good so far, though."

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