Lewis Hamilton expressed his satisfaction after setting the fastest time during second practice for the Korean Grand Prix.
Hamilton’s fastest time in the second of Friday’s 90 minute sessions was a tenth of a second quicker than Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel.
“I was very happy with how the sessions went today and it’s the first time I can remember that second practice has really gone well for me,” he said.
“We haven’t changed anything but the day just went smoothly and all the processes with the team worked well. I love this track: it was clean from the start, it provides good racing on Sunday afternoon and it just gets harder and harder through the lap.”
“You have the first sector which is good for overtaking, then you get more and more corners coming at you and those final two sectors are all about precision. You need a good downforce package, too, and the car is feeling good. We can still make improvements overnight, and I have some things I want to do with the set-up, but it’s been a good start for us.”
Team-mate Nico Rosberg was third quickest but remains wary of the threat posed by Red Bull.
“Generally it seems that we had a good day but Red Bull is always very hard to beat,” he said.
“We were quite close to them today and I hope this will continue the whole weekend. My only concern after the long runs was graining on the front tyres, which is something we need to work on tonight and watch out for. We have brought also some new bits and pieces to Korea which are working well and leaves me optimistic for a strong result this weekend.”