Hamilton targets Red Bulls

By on Friday, November 2, 2012

Lewis Hamilton has said that it will be tough for his McLaren team to beat Red Bull in qualifying.

The 2008 world champion was fastest in the afternoon session but had to play second fiddle to Sebastian Vettel in the evening practice.

"Our car looked good in FP1, but FP2 was a little bit more of a challenge for me. It was quite tricky to get a good time from the Option [tyre], so tonight we’ll need to do some work around figuring out how to switch our Options on", he said.

"We anticipated that Sebastian [Vettel] would be quick – and, in FP2, in particular, the Red Bulls duly picked up pace. But, as I say, our car was quick in FP1, and very near the top of the time-sheets all day, so we’ve got plenty to build on".

"We’ll work as hard as we can tonight, as always, and, if we can get ahead of the Red Bulls in qualifying tomorrow, it’ll be a huge bonus for us".

Jenson Button added that qualifying pace wasn't of the utmost importance, so long as the team can challenge Red Bull on Sunday.

"Overall, our car has been working pretty well today – we’re certainly in better shape here than we were in India last weekend. Everything seems to be working well, and the car is fun to drive. There are some small areas where we need to improve, but we know what we need to do", he said.

"It’s going to be crucial to get the Options working well for qualifying tomorrow. I wanted to do plenty of laps during my long run today, since I missed out on quite a lot of long-run running on Friday in Delhi – and that set me back for the rest of the Indian Grand Prix weekend. I’m pleased to report that our car feels reasonably good over a long run here, so now we’re going to be focusing on understanding just how hard we can push the tyre during a long run".

"If our race pace can be as quick as the Red Bulls’, then that’s probably even more important for Sunday’s race than qualifying in front of them on Saturday will be".


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