Hamilton: Preserving tyres important

By on Friday, May 9, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Practice pacesetter Lewis Hamilton says that preserving tyres during this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix will be crucial if Mercedes is to be successful at the event.

Hamilton and team-mate Nico Rosberg locked out the front row 12 months ago but regressed during the race, with Hamilton finishing outside of the points.

The Brit dominated practice on Friday as he emerged comfortably ahead of his rivals both across short runs and long runs.

"It's been a great day today and I'm happy to be back in the car after what feels like quite a long break," he said.

"I can feel the positive step forward that we've made with the car so a big thank you to everyone back at our factories for all of their hard work since China. Our two practice sessions today went very smoothly, in fact I've not had such a good Friday for a very long time!

"Barcelona is a difficult circuit in terms of the tyres so our running was all about trying to see how long the tyres would last and we were able to make some positive changes with that during P2 this afternoon.

"It's very difficult to overtake here so we will do everything we can to qualify as high as possible tomorrow, but really it is all about the race and looking after those tyres is the most important thing."

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