Hamilton has “no clue” what to expect for the rest of the weekend

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After Mercedes topped the Japanese Grand Prix FP2, Lewis Hamilton says the team managed to “switch our tires on today so we didn’t look slow”.

Mercedes got P1 and P2 in the wet Japanese Grand Prix FP2, however, they went through three new sets on intermediate tyres, while Red Bull for example ran the whole session on one set.

This was done to learn the best way to run in these wet conditions, as the team had issues with this in earlier races.

Considering all of this, after the session Lewis said he was not sure what to expect from the rest of the weekend.

“No clue, really have no idea,” the Briton said.

“If we get it when it’s dry I imagine that the Ferraris and the Red Bulls will be quite quick, but I really, really have no idea.

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“I hope that we will be fast, but that’s a hope that continues to be the case each week!”

However, Lewis said the positive was that Mercedes managed to ‘switch on’ the tyres.

“There’s always things to be taken from it, so yeah. Some of the stuff with setup, some of the stuff with tire wear, tire temperatures and the balance that we’re moving around between sessions.

“So there’s definitely things to take from it and there’s data on downforce loads and what wing level everyone else is on.

“On the positive side we were able to switch our tires on today so we didn’t look slow, so that’s good,” Hamilton concluded.

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