Hamilton thinks COTA is a real drivers' circuit

By on Saturday, November 17, 2012

McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton believes that the Circuit of the Americas is a real drivers' circuit.

Hamilton was second quickest in practice, behind Sebastian Vettel.

"This is a great drivers’ track – it’s very tough to pull together three perfect sectors. Personally, I find the final two sectors easier than the first; those high-speed changes of direction need a good set-up, and balancing that requirement against the demands of the slow-speed stuff is tricky", he said.

"Turn One probably looks more exciting from the outside than it does from inside the cockpit – it’s certainly not easy, though. You can get oversteer, or lock up, and it’s tricky to get a perfect line through there".

Hamilton added that getting the tyres up to temperature will be a challenge.

"Overall, we’ve had a good day. Our main difficulty this morning was switching on the tyres in the cooler conditions. But we’ll make some changes overnight – there are definitely some improvements we can make".

Jenson Button believes overtaking will be difficult.

"Turn One to Turn Nine is a brilliant and free-flowing section – particularly if the car is working well. Turn One is a strange corner though – with a very wide entry rather like Turn Three in India", he said.

"Turn Three here – the start of the esses – is fantastic though. It’s quicker than Becketts at Silverstone. It’s very unusual to find a section of corners like this on a modern Formula 1 track. I love it".

"Nevertheless, I don’t think overtaking is going to be easy here, because it’ll be so tricky to stay close to the car in front of you. But the circuit is great fun to drive, and I hope we can put on a great race".


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