Hamilton unhappy with car balance

By on Friday, April 18, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Lewis Hamilton says he is unhappy with the balance of his Mercedes W05 despite setting the fastest time during the second practice session in China.

Hamilton bounced back from a difficult first session - in which he suffered a suspension issue - but complained that his car was not operating to his liking.

"It was quite a difficult day today as we missed some of this morning's session which put us on the back foot slightly, but we were glad to get some laps in the second session at least," he said.

"We're not too happy with the balance of the car at the moment, so we need to go and work on that. This circuit is particularly hard on tyres, as it has been every year, so we need to be prepared for that.

"A few of the other teams look to have improved in terms of pace, which is great as it means we will have a fight. There's a lot of work to do and the guys are already here early and working late, but I'm confident that we can make some improvements going into tomorrow."

Team-mate Nico Rosberg was third quickest and believes that Mercedes is in a good position.

"Normally we struggle with rear tyre wear but here it seems to be the front tyres that I struggle with," he said. "You have so many long corners; you are just waiting and waiting and waiting to finish the corners. There is a lot of energy spent adapting to this situation. There is a need to be creative and look at the set-up, because graining can be very bad.

"We are still looking good performance wise, in terms of one-lap pace and on the long runs. But other teams were watching us and pushing a lot as we saw with Fernando [Alonso] today."

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