Hamilton laments poor grip in practice

By on Friday, July 25, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Lewis Hamilton was left to rue a lack of grip during practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix, despite setting the quickest time in both sessions on Friday at the Hungaroring.

Hamilton set a time of 1:24.482 during the second 90 minute session to edge out Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by 0.238s, as he bids for a fifth victory at the circuit.

The Brit was nonetheless at odds to explain the lack of grip in his Mercedes W05 Hybrid.

"We struggled with poor grip on track today," he said.

"I don't know if that's down to the tyres or the track itself but it was quite bad throughout both sessions. It's going to be important to get a good grid position tomorrow as it will be difficult to follow cars on this track and it's always tough to overtake here.

"We have some work to do overnight to ensure we get the best setup for the weekend as we're not fully comfortable with the car just yet, but our race pace looked okay. We'll have to look through the data to really know where we stand."

Rosberg says he was surprised to see that Mercedes maintained a comfortable margin over reigning world champions Red Bull.

"I was a bit surprised that we had the quickest car here today as I expected the Red Bulls to have gotten a bit closer again, so that's a really encouraging start to the weekend," he said.

"The car feels great and is super quick in the corners, so overall I'm quite happy. I definitely still need to find some time and there is some setup work for me and my engineers to do tonight if we want to achieve that. But I'm confident that we can make it happen. Qualifying will be crucial here, as overtaking is not easy at this great track."

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