Hamilton happy with Monaco practice progress

By on Thursday, May 21, 2015
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

World Champion Lewis Hamilton hailed a 'great' day as he topped both Thursday practice sessions for this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix.

Hamilton is searching for his first victory in the Principality since his lone Formula 1 triumph in 2008 and topped both sessions around the narrow streets, clocking his best time in the second session shortly before heavy rain struck the Principality.

"I had a great first day here," he said. "The target is always to get on the pace as quick as you can and to be very specific and precise in the set-up changes you make, so you don't go down the wrong path.

"The balance today was not far off, so we have been tuning that with our programme, and there are still some areas to improve on.

"When it rained, we didn't need to take any risks so stayed in the garage, but the lap I did at the end showed that the black paint covering the white lines is even more slippery than the lines themselves!

"Now we need to work well tomorrow, make the right steps forward with the car, and pick up on Saturday where we left off today."

Nico Rosberg was ninth fastest in the first session before finishing second to Hamilton in the afternoon running.

"We are very quick here again, so I'm quite confident for this weekend," he said.

"I didn't get it all together today, I had a lot traffic, so the next practice session on Saturday morning will be very important."

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