Hamilton searching for lost performance

By on Friday, September 19, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Lewis Hamilton says he is hoping to recover lost performance in his Mercedes W05 prior to Saturday's qualifying session for the Singapore Grand Prix.

Hamilton was fastest during Friday's second practice session but believes that changes made between the two sessions had a negative impact on the handling of his Mercedes W05 Hybrid.

"Today was a work in progress," he said.

"We made some changes between first and second practice and, whether it was those changes or the track itself, the balance didn't feel right. It felt like we lost a bit of performance but we'll look into the details and see what it was tonight.

"The long run was okay - I had a bit of traffic which wasn't ideal, as when you back off to rebuild the gap the tyres come back to you a bit which may not give an accurate picture of exactly how long they will last.

"Pole here has always been very important. The right side of the grid, for example, always seems to get the better starts. Being up at the front will be crucial and that's obviously my target for qualifying tomorrow. Nico [Rosberg] looks very quick, as do the Ferraris and the Red Bulls, but I'm feeling good this weekend and I'm focused on the job."

Rosberg was only 13th fastest after he had to abandon his flying lap when Pastor Maldonado's crash brought out the red flags.

"I had a good feeling in the car," he said.

"The only pity was that I had to abandon my quick lap due to the red flags. Although I didn't get the second part of that lap, though, in the first part the car felt great. We then decided to do more laps on high fuel to learn more for the race and overall it was okay. It will be difficult with tyre degradation on the softer tyre so we still need to work on that."


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