Hamilton happy with MP4-27 balance

By on Friday, September 21, 2012

Lewis Hamilton has said he is happy with the direction McLaren is taking in the Singapore Grand Prix.

The British driver finished second practice in fifth place, although he ran wide on his flying lap.

"Our car has quite a nice balance but we still need to make some further set-up changes. It’s tough in these temperatures, especially on the long runs, but to be honest I think everyone’s struggling a bit too", he said.

"In FP2, I ran a bit wide at the final corner on my fastest lap and probably lost about half a second. Still, it’s great to be able to throw the car around on a high-downforce circuit"

Hamilton added that he was reassured by his engineers regarding his pace on race fuel.

"My race pace didn’t feel great from inside the cockpit, but my engineers tell me it was quite promising. The track should also rubber-in by tomorrow, so tyre degradation should be less of an issue. We’re in the top five, but it’ll be a very tight battle for pole position tomorrow."

Jenson Button was three-tenths of a second shy of Sebastian Vettel in second practice, but emphasised that his car needs tweaking in order to exploit the full potential of the car.

"I don’t feel like I’ve found my flow yet – the track surface wasn’t very grippy in either session because of the morning’s rain. I’m not entirely happy with the balance either – not everything we tried changing today was successful – but we’ve still got a few ideas for tomorrow and that’s a positive", he said

"There’s still a lot of work to do – but, if we can fine-tune the balance, we should be competitive"

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